While tears were flowing in N.Y. over the doggone Ellen DeGeneres story, smiles were beaming at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital thanks to Doris Day’s contribution to their Elder Connection Program. Doris is ever involved helping animals. She still has her Doris Day Animal League (which recently merged with the Humane Society of the United State, following the lead to Cleveland Amory’s Fund for Animals. But instead of finding homes for animals, she gives grants to other non-profit organizations that can help pets and the people who love them. And a recent grant went to the NMPTF to paunch a new program, PetCare, to help seniors who have pets. The MPTF informed Doris that “many of those we help through the “Elder Connection Program exist on low to moderate-incomes and sometimes do without their own food or medicine to care for their pets. The Elder Connection Program can now offer assistance to not only the seniors who turn to us for help but also to the pets they love.”
Doris also provides a grant the U. of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for scholarships, helps a program in her hometown of Cincinnati that rescues greyhounds, works with Pet Orphans in the valley on school projects for elementary school students to teach them abut the human-animal connection: supports a horse rescue program in Pennsylvania, finances the training of an assistance dog who will work with a disabled person, and more.
Doris was not interested in learning that yet another book (the tenth?) about her has been published. It’s ”Day at a Time” by Mayr Anne Barothy who was Doris’ personal, live-at-home secretary from 1971-1974 says she had written Day to tell she was writing the book — 20 years after their association ended. In 1977, Doris wrote her own autobiography, “Doris Day: My Story