From the day she got her Pekingese puppy 13 years ago, Julia (Judy) Faye Carter and China Doll were inseparable.
“She just loved that dog. She treated her like a child. She probably had 10 beds in the house for her. She had her groomed all the time. That was her pride and joy,” said Judy’s daughter-in-law, Wanda Caples Carter.
Judy was an animal lover who was active in the Baytown community for many years. She passed away on June 8 at age 87.
An unselfish decision by Judy and her family will help keep Judy’s memory alive through the good works of A Life to Live.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to our organization.
“She didn’t want people buying flowers or spending money on things like that. She wanted to make a difference. Since she wasn’t able to foster, she felt that asking people to donate to A Live to Live was the perfect way to give back,” Wanda said.
Judy always had a soft spot for animals in need. Especially dogs. It’s how she and China Doll met.
“China had a problem with one of her eyes, and the person Judy got her from was maybe even thinking about putting China down as a puppy. But my mother-in-law was like, ‘No, no. We’ll take her.’ China continued to have eye problems off and on, but Judy always took care of her. She wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Wanda said.
Judy became aware of A Life to Live when Wanda took her to one of our adoption events. She said that Judy was impressed with the volunteers and the way they cared for the dogs and cats.
“That really made an impression on her. And when I shared more about the organization and the wonderful work that it does, she was just in love with it,” Wanda said. “She was a big supporter of the goal to create a no-kill community, where all the animals are given a chance to be saved and live a full, productive life.”
While A Life to Live counts on the support of donors throughout the year, Judy and her family’s generous act is especially meaningful.
“To learn that they want to honor her memory through donations to A Life to Live was very humbling and incredibly kind,” said Jay Garrett, founder and executive director of A Life to Live. “Judy was known for celebrating life through her numerous donations to local programs and schools. I'm moved by her charity, her kind heart and the compassion shown by her family to celebrate her life by donating to save the lives of homeless pets within the Baytown community.
“We are thankful for the Carter family’s support of our organization over the past three years and their continued generosity. Our prayers are with the family as they remember and celebrate the life of their loved one.”
Helping animals in need is something that runs in the family.
Wanda has been an animal activist and rescuer for years. She has fostered countless dogs, and makes sure they receive proper medical care before finding good homes for them.
“I have eight dogs of my own. Some of them are handicapped. They were really abused dogs. I’m very attached to them,” said Wanda, whose daughter also has eight dogs. “So our whole family, we just love dogs.”
Judy’s granddaughter and family are now taking care of China Doll.
“We took China to see her the day before she passed. As we put her on the bed, Judy smiled a slight smile. It made me cry because I know she loved her so much,” Wanda said.
Read more about Judy’s life.
If you would like to help save homeless dogs and cats in the community, please consider making a donation to A Life to Live.
Written by David Berkowitz, public relations coordinator with A Life to Live.