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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:45 am

Like many Arizonans, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Bill Heywood and his wife, Susan.

I first met the Heywoods a few years ago when they ran the Scratch and Sniff Foundation, a nonprofit organization that did much good to help homeless animals. One of the very good things that Susan and Scratch and Sniff did was to approve my application to give a grant to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Posse (MPCA Posse). That grant allowed the MPCA Posse to organize and become a 501(c)3 charity. The 501(c)3 status allowed MPCA to put on the sheriff's annual "Pink Collar Comedy," a big fundraiser for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safe Haven (MASH). The money from the fundraiser (every dime of it) allows the sheriff to pay for the care of all of the animals rescued by his animal cruelty investigators.

I remember the day I met with Susan Heywood about the application. She was so kind and positive, a real force to help our animal friends. Susan also was smart and shrewd and knew how best to award money to help the most animals in the best ways. She will be much missed along with her husband Bill.

Patricia Haight, Ph.D.

The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program Phoenix

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