Susan Licari is the founder of St. Martin's Animal Rescue. Susan and her husband both share a love for all animals and have always been involved in animal rescue in some fashion. They have trapped feral cats and had them spayed and neutered, they have taken in abandoned animals into their care and provided veterinary care to them and they have adopted many dogs, cats and even a bunny.
Susan always had the dream of starting an animal rescue and when the opportunity presented itself, she jumped on the chance along with the support of her husband, her friends and her family.
St. Martin's has the support of several volunteers, sister rescues and animal rights organizations as well as the community.
Pictured here is Susan and her husband's dog, Jewel. She came from a high kill shelter in LA County, California. She is a wonderful, loving dog with so much joy to give. It is heartbreaking that she was so close to being euthanized simply because the shelters are overcrowded. Jewel has been a huge inspiration for St. Martin's Animal Rescue. She is a shining example of the wonderful pets that are available in shelters, but are living on borrowed time. Jewel was one of the fortunate ones as she was rescued and adopted. There are many that do not share her happy story. Jewel is happy to share her home and her human family with other pets in need. She is accepting of all the dogs and cats that come in and out of her life and she is always the first one to welcome them into her home.
Pictured below is Bear. Bear found himself unwanted because he "took up too much room" in the trailer his owners were living in. Bear has dry eye that requires daily medication in his eyes. He also has disc problems in his back which require some restricted activity and caution when picking him up. Bear is a grumpy old man, but his grumpy sounds are all for show. When no one is looking, he does happy rolls on the floor and will sneak in a kiss on your feet. Bear is welcome here forever. We don't have a lot of room, but we were more than happy to make room for him.
RIP Bear. He passed away August 2015 due to congestive heart failure. He was a ripe 12 years old.
St. Martin's Animal Rescue was launched on November 3, 2012, which was the day that Susan created the Facebook page for the rescue, ordered business cards, set up an email account and rescue phone number. Susan already knew that when she was able to start her own rescue someday that she would honor the work of St. Martin de Porres by naming her rescue after him.
When Susan began to write a short biography for St. Martin de Porres for the rescue website, she found out that St. Martin's feast day is November 3rd.
St. Martin's Story
Saint Martin de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639) was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony.
He was noted for work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and an ability to communicate with animals.
St. Martin de Porres was born at Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father was a Spanish gentleman and his mother a coloured freed-woman from Panama. At fifteen, he became a lay brother at the Dominican Friary at Lima and spent his whole life there-as a barber, farm laborer, almoner, and infirmarian among other things.
St. Martin's love was all-embracing, shown equally to humans and to animals, including vermin, and he maintained a cats and dogs hospital at his sister's house. He also possessed spiritual wisdom, demonstrated in his solving his sister's marriage problems, raising a dowry for his niece inside of three day's time, and resolving theological problems for the learned of his Order and for bishops. A close friend of St. Rose of Lima, this saintly man died on November 3, 1639 and was canonized on May 6, 1962. His feast day is November 3.