In memory of Susan von Beck Turner

February 8th, 2015 by Katelyn

Today’s day of sanctuary was sponsored by James and Jennifer Douglas to honor the memory of their dear friend, Susan von Beck Turner, and shared this heartfelt message about her: “Susan touched the lives of many dogs and humans and made them better.”

Susan had a lifelong passion for rescuing dogs and saved hundreds, healing their health and spirits and finding them forever homes. When Susan’s own dog, Cardiff, began failing in health and she was unable to find the kind of boarding care she wanted for him, she decided to leave her job and went on to build a well-respected and successful dog boarding facility, Cardiff’s Lodge, here in Washington. Sadly, after a long illness, Susan passed away last October. Today would have been her 52nd birthday. If you would like to learn more about Susan and her life, you may do so here.


James and Jen, thank you so much for being a part of the chimpanzees’ family and for all you do to make their lives better. We are touched that you have chosen to honor Susan’s legacy of care and compassion in this way today.

And to Susan’s husband, Ed Turner, and your family, we share our deepest sympathy for your loss and wish for you the comfort and peace she brought to so many beings. We are so honored to be part of the difference that Susan’s life continues to make in the world.


4 Responses to “In memory of Susan von Beck Turner”

  1. Jackie says:

    Thank you James and Jen for honoring your friend by sponsoring a day for the chimps. May Susan’s family and friends take comfort in how her kindness helped so many animals.

  2. Jennifer Douiglas says:

    Thank you for this lovely tribute.

  3. Melissa says:

    Thank-you so much for taking time to honor her on her birthday. She would have loved this.