Pocha and Guillermina’s Campaign is Funded! You Did It Again! Thank You! ❤️

horizons and hope

We are so incredibly thrilled to announce that we have met our fundraising goal: Pocha and Guillermina’s rescue is officially funded!

We are so grateful to each of you in our sanctuary family for contributing to give them new lives. Thank you for stepping up every time the elephants have needed you, and giving what it takes to make dreams a reality. We don’t know if either of these elephants could even dream of what’s to come.

Please know that when you watch Guillermina step in the dirt for the first time, it is thanks to your generosity. When Pocha is finally able to share real, actual life with her daughter, grazing, swimming, and napping under trees, it is because of you. We can’t wait to share every step of their journey with you.

For so long, we’ve dreamed of bringing horizons and hope to Pocha and Guillermina. It’s simultaneously too easy and too hard to imagine what their life must be like now. Guillermina has never seen grass growing out of the ground, or a tree, much less touched or rubbed against one. She may not realize that there is a whole world that stretches out beyond her walls. That’s going to change now. And we cannot thank each of you enough for giving them this gift on #GivingTuesday.

As we mentioned earlier, our goal is a February 2021 rescue, but there are several variables and COVID-related hurdles to overcome. We will continue to keep you all posted as things occur and a timeline solidifies. For now, though, after lifetimes in a pit, we are delighted to know that new lives will soon be theirs. We are deeply grateful for your compassion and support. Thank you.

If you would still like to give, funds for Pocha and Guillermina’s care are always appreciated. You can continue to donate at the link above.

December 2. 2020


  1. REPLY
    Susan Hunt says

    I am so worried about Tamy and how he will cope with his family gone. Can he come soon? Bless you and love you so much.

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      Kat Blais says

      It will be a while before he is able to come. We have to first get the paperwork needed to start building his area, then raised the significant funds needed to do so. Then, as usual, CITES permits, training, and quarantine. We wish it was easier, but each rescue is a significant process.

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Estoy tan emocionada y agradecida a Ustedes Kat y Scott y el team y la gente unida en el bien comun?❤??❤tan emocionada que vengan por segunda vez a mi pais,Argentina y rescaten a Pocha y Guillermina de este calvario‼️,porque al menos Mara estaba rodeada de arboles en el ecoparque de Buenos Aires pero este zoologico es de Terror !!! Hundidas en el cemento que cabeza de monstruo hizo eso .Sueño von el doa que las chicas pisen el Santuario,el MEJOR SANTUARIO EN LA TIERRAY MERECEN VIVIR ALLI.GRACIAS GRACIAS GRACIAS.BUEN VIAJE AMORES POCHA Y GUILLE❤??❤?

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    Sherry says

    Bless their hearts; they need sanctuary together!☺️❤️

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    Wim says

    Wonderful achievement proofs we’re all connected within the Circle of Life. Miracles do happen and their walk to FREEDOM is a big one. ????

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Very welcome, it is a pleasure to donate and support GSE. Wonderful news to have reached the goal for these two deserving souls. FEBRUARY cannot come fast enough. I hope there are no delays. ??♥️

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    Debbie Sides says

    I’m absolutely thrilled! I can’t wait to see their reaction and the other girls’ reactions. To have a “baby” ele there is amazing. I’ve always wanted to have a baby at ESB and TES. Soooo excited!!!!

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    Rachel says

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!! The way the “team” of supporters consistently step up to help these magnificent creatures live a life of guided freedom brings tears to my eyes. It’s humanity at its best – and that includes the wonderful folks at GSE who lead the way with their loving care and respectful guidance. I’m sooo grateful for this forum that brings so much joy in my life – not something I take for granted. I leave you with one of my favorite Helen Keller quotes that speaks of the reason behind this monumental success: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Happy hugs everyone – well done! ??? ?

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    Susan says

    So very thankful that these two lovely sweethearts will soon be in their forever home at Sanctuary. I can’t begin to imagine how life changing this will be for P & G ❤️ Endless gratitude to Scott and Kat and all who work so tirelessly on everything involved in making this happen. You are true heroes. ❤️ P.S. I am stocking up on Kleenex – this welcome home is going to be incredibly emotional no doubt! ❤️??❤️

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    Deb Moore says

    OH I am so relieved. Cannot wait to see them there.

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    Rosie P says

    This is another step towards sanctuary. We have to be patient and each day that passes brings Pocha and Guillermina closer to the fresh grasses, the trees, ponds and a whole new life. They have waited so long but we will bring them home together.

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    Madeleine Hackett says

    I’m in awe of the amazing supporters of Global sanctuary! It makes me feel so connected with others around the world who feel like I do. I’m in awe of you guys for your total dedication and love for the elephants.
    It is incredible news and I cannot wait to see these beautiful ladies come to your paradise.

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    Claire Boult says

    Such a relief they will be coming to your beautiful sanctuary together . So excited to be counting dots once again – thank you ??. However, I too am very worried about poor Tamy – will he know Pocha and Guillermina have gone? My heart breaks for his loneliness ?

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      Kat Blais says

      Yes, he will be able to see them loaded on the trucks and leaving. He will also have access to their part of the enclosure once they are gone.

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    Yay, So excited to hear that major goals have been met to bring this Mom & Daughter HOME to Sanctuary. I cannot even imagine how it must be to Scott & Kat to watch their dreams for these ellies come true. You ALL are true REDEEMERS in my eyes. Redeemers are both hooman & animal alike who show kindness & compassion towards each other. My heart is full & I am crying tears of joy for Pocha, Guillermina and ALL who make this possible.

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    margareta Kjellström says

    So happy for the elephants and thanks to your efforts to free them! Hos many days will it take on transportwagon to reach the sanctuary?

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      Kat Blais says

      4 or 5

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    Laura Cotter says

    How close are we to getting Kenya home?

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      Kat Blais says

      Pocha and Guillermina first. Then we’ll plan.

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