Four years of devoted care comes to an end

Four years of devoted care comes to an end
Lyn Baines, Billy Baines, Sue Thomason L to R

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.

Sue joined Lyn Baines in July 2013 to form the charity Cruz Azul, whose aims were 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.

Sue single-handedly set up and managed the main fundraising Cruz Azul Donation Centre in San Javier. 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.

“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.

If anyone wishes to make a donation, this can be done via PayPal to

If you or someone you know needs help, or you would like to volunteer or donate, please call 693 017 617 or visit their website:

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


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