Cancer-stricken caretaker needs foster homes for pets

January 23, 2013 2:12:25 PM PST
A Wake Forest woman spent her life rescuing animals around the Triangle, but now she is being forced to give them up.

Susan Lee rescued her first dog in 1978.

"I saw a litter of puppies on the side of the road, and the puppies all dispersed, but I caught one and so I made trips everyday back to Durham to see if I could catch the rest of the puppies," Lee said.

It has been 35 years since then, and she has been an animal rescuer ever since.

"I don't care if it's a squirrel, I don't care if it's a turtle.  I pick up every turtle I find and pick up out of the road.  I don't care if it's a deer, whatever, dog, cat I've always tried to stop, always tried to help," Lee said.

Lee has received tragic news and needs help caring for the animals she has grown to love.

"I have lung cancer.  I've never smoked. I was a vegetarian since I was 10 years old, and I'm 55 and I thought I was doing the right things. You think you're doing the right things, you know, to not get cancer," Lee said.

She just finished radiation on a brain tumor and doesn't yet know how well it worked.

"I don't want to give up, I'm not giving up yet.  I'm just not doing well right now but I'm doing good. I'm doing good," Lee said.

While she can still walk out to see the seven dogs she has left, she wants to find them new homes just in case.

"This is the hardest thing I've ever done and I don't want to do it, but I need to do it.  For my peace of mind.  For their welfare.  I would not want these animals to suffer.  Not to have a good home, to be thrown out or taken to the pound.  That would be a crime," Lee said.

If you would like to take in one of Lee's pets or make a donation, you can visit her website.

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