Susan Elwood, Animal Welfare Advocate
Susan April Elwood is the founder and CEO of Evermay Farm, a private animal sanctuary and nonprofit foundation located in rural Georgia that she founded with her husband Tom in 2008. The farm is home to a menagerie of rescued critters of all shapes and sizes including miniature horses, goats, cats, rabbits and even a donkey named Edmund who is featured in her newly published children’s book Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story.
A lifelong animal lover, relocating from the suburbs of Washington, DC to a rural setting was a life changing experience for Susan. For the first time, she regularly encountered animal cruelty and neglect. From dogs living chained to trees without proper shelter to abused farm animals in urgent need of medical care, Susan set out to create a better life for these animals.
The process of growing her sanctuary, has led Susan to experience more than her fair of trials and tribulations. Although she admits that she has never worked harder in her life, she is always quick to add that she has never been as fulfilled as she is now.
In addition to attending to the daily needs of her sanctuary, Susan is gaining her voice as an educator and advocate. She channels small victories by mediating sometimes simple solutions needed to keep animals that might otherwise be abandoned in the care of their owners.
In once instance, Susan taught a woman aggravated by the scratches her cat was making on her wood floors how to trim its nails. When Susan is not making a difference, one animal, or in some cases, person at a time, she’s traveling in support of her book tour and teaching children respect and compassion for all animals.
Susan is prepared to speak about animal welfare policies and responsible pet ownership.
More information about Evermay Farm can be found at www.evermayfarm.org.
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