For “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker, reminding his viewers to spay or neuter their dog or cat is just the beginning of his commitment to animal advocacy.
Barker established the DJ&T Foundation in September 1994 to give assistance to those who might not be able to afford the procedures for their pets. The organization is named in memory of his wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Matilda (Tilly). With $10 million in funds from Barker, it has given financial assistance to 45 organizations providing low-cost or free spaying and neutering for dogs and cats.
“Bob is someone who’s willing to stand up and make things happen,” says Nancy Burnet, president of United Activists for Animal Rights, who has worked with Barker for more than 20 years on animal advocacy causes.
Barker, who refuses to wear leather and is a strict vegetarian, has also funded endowments for the study of animal rights law at Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA, Columbia and Georgetown.
“His gift to Duke has made a real big difference,” says Duke Law School professor Bill Reppy. “We were only offering one course a year in this area and then we got this phone call asking if we wanted $1 million for animal rights law studies.”