Princess Elisabeth de Croÿ 1921-2009

After 40 tireless years of advocating for animals, Princess Elisabeth de Croÿ passed away on May 18. Descended from the kings of Hungary, the Princess used her celebrity to draw attention to global animal welfare issues and influence the policies of high-ranking government officials.

The Princess founded the Refuge de Thiernay in the early 1970s at her home in France, where she rescued and cared for hundreds of abandoned dogs, cats and farm animals.