Results for - Doris Day as an animal advocate
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Source: MNN. Survey submitted by MSRCMS. The wholesome blonde with the girl-next-door reputation was also a powerful advocate for animal welfare who created a foundation devoted to her favorite cause. Day was involved in animal rescue, having created a foundation for animals in the 1970s. According to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, she was affectionately known as "The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills.” Day, who recently turned 97, died May 13th in her California home.
1. People knew she was such an animal lover, Day would often find unwanted dogs dropped off at the gate of her California home. She would often knock on doors trying to reunite lost dogs with their owners or even to make sure dogs that were reunited or in new homes were receiving proper care and attention. According to the foundation website, "If you would see Doris on the street or at the studio, chances are you would end up with some homeless cat or dog Doris was sponsoring. She carried around photos of the animals who needed homes, and then she'd actually come over to inspect your house to make sure you were up to it." Originally known as the Doris Day Pet Foundation, the group's focus was to rescue animals that were at high risk of being euthanized. She fostered many in her own home and leased kennel space while animals were waiting for forever homes. Are you familiar with the Doris Day Animal Foundation?
2. Lobbying, grants and pet-friendly hotels: Wanting to do more, in 1987 she formed the Doris Day Animal League, a nonprofit citizens' lobbying organization with a mission to reduce animal pain and suffering through legislative initiatives, education and programs. The group founded what's now known as World Spay Day, which helped spay and neuter more than 1.5 million animals in the first 15 years since its creation. (In 2007, the Doris Day Animal League merged with the Humane Society of the United States.) Are you familiar with these Doris Day animal facts?
3. The Doris Day Animal Foundation awards grants, funding other nonprofits across the U.S. Which Doris Day foundation's legacy projects are you aware of?
The Doris Day Equine Center
The Duffy Day Life Saving Program for older and injured animals
The Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
4. Another interesting pet note: If you've ever visited a pet-friendly hotel, you can likely thank Day for that, too. When she retired from Hollywood life in the '60s, she moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea in California, where she became co-owner of The Cypress Inn. There, she created a pet-friendly policy, which was incredibly rare at the time. Other hotels eventually took note. The inn's website says, "Doris's deep devotion to animals helped put Cypress Inn on the map as the 'pet friendliest' inn in the 'pet friendliest' town in America!" Have you ever visited the Cypress Inn?