From the time she was a small girl, Susan has been passionate about animals. And with five rescued pets at home — three cats and two French bulldogs — animals are very much a part of her everyday life. Her devotion also was evident in her professional life. A retired Navy chaplain, Susan envisioned and then went on to help create the first dog park to be located on a military base. And it’s still in operation at the Naval Air Station Key West in Florida. It's called Angel Paws — named for a beloved bull mastiff, who has since passed.

Twenty-five years ago, Susan’s love for animals eventually led her to become a supporter of Best Friends Animal Society. "Even back then,” she says, “there was a ‘Save Them All’ attitude. And that is fundamentally why I have been a supporter for so long."

After thinking of leaving her legacy to Best Friends, and then visiting the Sanctuary in 2014, she made it official. From hand-feeding a dog who had survived abuse, to meeting the crew at Marshall’s Piggy Paradise, to walking cats in strollers along dusty paths, to observing a Parelli Natural Horsemanship demonstration — each moment seemed to confirm her wish to plan a legacy donation through a trust.

"I felt such a sense of calm — a sense of relief and joy knowing that all of the animals at Best Friends will be taken care of throughout their lives," Susan says. "They are safe and loved, even those with medical or behavioral issues. And this was so inspiring and encouraging for me."

If you or someone you know has a passion for animals and would like to find out more about legacy giving to Best Friends, please contact us by email at or by phone at 435-644-2001, ext. 4503. Together, we can Save Them All.