UPDATE: Funeral Set for Founder of Region's First No-Kill Animal Shelter

UPDATE 10/23/13 @ 8:55 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Funeral arrangements for Sue Brown, the founder of Little Victories Animal Shelter in Cabell County, are set.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville.

Brown, the founder of the region's first no-kill animal shelter, died Monday after battling cancer.

ONA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The staff and volunteers at Little Victories Animal Shelter in Ona are honoring the founder of the shelter the only way they know how -- with hard work.

Sue Brown passed away on Monday after battling cancer.

"We'll never forget her. Little Victories is Sue Brown," said Mira Johnson, who worked at the shelter for more than six years. "But we're going on because that what she would have wanted."

Little Victories is Brown's legacy. She was an animal advocate who just celebrated the shelter's 10-year anniversary this past April -- the first no-kill animal shelter in the region.

It's a nonstop job -- the shelter open seven days a week. Currently, there are more than 200 dogs and cats waiting for forever homes.

"She had a lot of opposition, a lot of fights, but when Sue's determined to do something, no one's going to stop her," said Betty Dempsey, who's been active at the shelter for six years. "She knew this was the right and important thing to do do and no one was going to stop her."

No one did. The shelter started as a foster program with just a handful of pets and now sits on dozens of acres in Ona, located in eastern Cabell County, W.Va.

"She accomplished something a lot of people never do, and it counts," Johnson said. "What she did counted, and it will always count, especially these animals."

A fundraiser is set for Nov. 4 at Rocco's Restaurant in Ceredo, W.Va. It will help celebrate a decade of helping animals at Little Victories Animal Shelter, as well as Brown's legacy.

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