Four Years Of Devoted Care Comes To An End

With great sadness, Cruz Azul Murcia announced the loss of their founder member and Vice President, Sue Thomason. Sue had known she had cancer for some months and knew she would not survive it, but she was a determined lady who worked stoically until her very last days, putting her all into saving the animals she loved.

cruz azul Lyn Baines, Billy Baines, Sue Thomason L to RSue joined Lyn Baines in July 2013 to form the charity Cruz Azul, whose aims are to help people on reduced or low incomes to care for their pets and to promote responsible pet ownership in the Murcia region. During those four years, Cruz Azul also developed their ‘trap, neuter and return’ programme for feral cats. Sue was instrumental in helping local urbanizations reduce their feral cat colonies by giving not only her experience, but also providing the essential traps to supporters of this work.

Renowned for her extensive retail experience, Sue single-handedly set up and managed the Cruz Azul ‘Donation Centre’ in San Javier. The Cruz Azul Centre has become very popular and has gained a reputation for quality items and prices. It is the main fundraiser for the charity. Sue gathered a network of volunteers to support her and, though not unexpected, they are devastated at the loss of their team manager and dear friend. They are determined to continue the work Sue started.

“Sue taught us well and left us in a good position to carry on her dream” said one volunteer.
Apart from the day-to-day management of the Cruz Azul Centre and her work for the ‘trap, neuter, return’ programme, Sue was well known in the animal rescue arena as being caring and supportive of both people and animals. She was often the one getting up every three hours to hand-rear abandoned pups and kittens at her house until they were found new homes. She also welcomed dogs to her home to test their cat friendliness before being adopted. Sue went above and beyond.

“Though we knew it was coming, we are totally devastated now Sue has finally left us,” said Cruz Azul president, Lyn Baines. “We will ensure Cruz Azul goes from strength to strength because that’s exactly what Sue wanted. We intend to pursue her dream.”

Sue wasn’t one for fuss and she didn’t want a funeral service. She wanted peace for herself and peaceful lives for the animals she cared about so much. She had expected a long future working with Cruz Azul and requested that instead of attending a pointless ceremony, if anyone would like to pay their respects for the work she accomplished, the best thing they could do for her is make a donation to Cruz Azul to help all the volunteers move into the future she is sadly missing.

You can do this via PayPal to

“Rest in Peace, dear Sue. We continue the work you started.”

Cruz Azul Murcia is a registered charity (No. 11.720/1a) and exists to provide veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and to promote responsible pet ownership. If you or someone you know needs help, or you would like to volunteer or donate, please call 693 017 617 or visit