If dogs and cats are not allowed into heaven, as many argue, Edna Martin is terribly disappointed right now.
Martin, who died Thursday at age 98, spent much of her time and almost all of her fortune keeping unwanted and abandoned pets alive. Lulu Belle Memorial Animal Haven on Dogwood Road north of El Centro and east of Imperial, over the last decade and a half, became the temporary or permanent home for thousands of dogs and cats cast off by humans. While they might not have had the loving families in which so many pets revel, at least the animals didn't have to be put to death for committing no crime.
We hope that can continue. Lulu Belle's has had difficulties for years, but has been struggling to stay open even more in recent months as Martin's finances became embroiled in controversy and nastiness. Fortunately, some big local businesses took on the burden of providing food for the animals at the haven and others have contributed time or money to keep the facility open. We hope all will continue to do so, at least until Lulu Belle's can get on steady financial ground.