Operation Elfe isn’t just about giving to the dogs, it’s about giving to those who have dedicated their lives to the dogs.
Photographer Tina Smothers and Writer Megan Hart are both passionate dog lovers who spend a great deal of time giving back to the dog rescue community. When brought together through an international dog rescue called the International Street Dog Foundation (information below), they partnered up to begin Operation Elfe. Operation Elfe was formed to help the shelter Elfe’s World Thailand, a very over-taxed and under-funded animal shelter from which Tina adopted her dog Mandy. Elfe’s World Thailand owner Elisabeth Feigl has dedicated her life to rescuing dogs from the illegal dog meat trade and from the streets in Thailand.
Today, over 670 animals call Elfe’s World Thailand home. Between rent, staff, medical bills, food, and other miscellaneous supplies, it is a struggle to find the funds to support the animals that rely on Elfe’s World for their safety and rehabilitation.
Likely few people in the United States have heard of this incredible rescue. So Meg and Tina have set out on a mission to bring awareness and support for the amazing work that is being done for these dogs that didn’t stand a chance on their own.
in mid-September of 2016, Tina and Megan traveled to Thailand to personally document the work being done for the animals they hold so close to their hearts. Through the means of photography and and the written word, they hope to bring Elfe’s World and the miracles it holds back to you. Between fundraising, published work, and photography gallery showings, the two hope to form a community of supporters to help Elfe keep her sanctuary alive and allow her to continue saving helpless animals for years to come.
For more information on Elfe’s World please visit www.elfesworld.com
The International Street Dog Foundation supports Elfe’s World and has brought numerous dogs from Thailand to the United States for adoption. Check out this awesome organization at www.istreetdog.com