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Woman loses cancer battle after seeking homes for her animals

Posted February 2, 2013

— A Wake Forest woman who tried to find homes for her rescue animals as she battled Stage 4 cancer has died, her friends said Saturday.

In an interview with WRAL News last week, Susan Lee said she wanted to make sure her “fur kids” were well cared for if something happened to her.

Lee, who described herself as an independent animal rescuer, learned in December that the cancer had spread to her brain.

Lee, 55, had undergone radiation twice – each time coming back to the home where she grew up and where she always had animals nearby.

“I love this place. My mom has been blessed, I’ve been blessed to live here,” she said as one of her dogs, Lily, sauntered over to lick her face. The pup was one of eight dogs and six cats that still needed homes as of last week.

Lee rescued animals for 35 years. She said they just need someone to help them out, someone who understands. She was doing her best to get them adopted.

Wake Forest woman needs home for animals as she fights cancer

Lee said her cancer strengthened her faith and made her grateful for each day. It also strengthened her bond with her brood of pets, which also included special-needs horses.

“I hope there will never be a day that I’m alive that I don’t have an animal with me,” she said. “I worry about my mother. Who is going to look after her? I worry about my animals. Who is going to look after them?”

Lee set up a website to showcase her animals for adoption. She said she would look out for her pets as long as possible, but acknowledged that her body was getting weaker.

“Not knowing is the hardest part,” she said. “Not knowing what comes next.”


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  • Desiderata Feb 4, 2013

    RIP Susan Lee. I will donate to her cause, as I am at my max of horses, dogs , cats. Please, anyone who can help these well loved furbabies find a forever home, please do so.

  • mmtlash Feb 4, 2013

    RIP Susan Lee

  • irishgirlsarepretty Feb 4, 2013

    Only the good die young :( I hope she is enjoying the reward she's surely gone to!!!

  • nc12 Feb 4, 2013

    So sorry to hear Ms. Susan passed. What an amazing person she was. May she rest in peace.

  • 42ITUS Feb 4, 2013

    Sorry to hear about Susan's passing. The site also has several horses. Looks like the cats are spoken for.

  • ldestefano63 Feb 4, 2013

    So sad that the cancer took her so quickly and before she knew all her babies had found homes. She was a good heart and sure so many animals were glad she saved them throughout the years

  • topfan4unc Feb 4, 2013

    I had heard that they had many applications for her animals and so hoping each, including the ones with special needs, get adopted by the right kind of people.

    God bless you Ms Susan. Heaven has another angel!!

  • Scubagirl Feb 4, 2013

    So hoping that homes were found for all her furbabies. I also shared the story on my FB page.....
    May she RIP.

  • racheliza Feb 4, 2013

    It breaks my heart to read this. Hope all of her babies find loving homes ASAP.

  • Wacky_dood Feb 4, 2013

    She sounds like a sweet lady who passed well before her time.