At age 95, renowned actress and singer Doris Day is still going strong and proving that age is only a number.
The celebrity, well known for her roles in movies such as Calamity Jane, Romance on the High Seas, The Man Who Knew Too Much and the hit TV show The Doris Day Show, turned 95 years old in April and hasn’t missed a beat!
Since retiring several years ago, Day has pursued yet another of her passions—rescuing animals. Her manager Bob Bashara recounted that even in her acting days, after she’d moved to Beverly Hills, she would bike around the neighborhoods looking for strays, finding them and taking them home to give them shelter and food. She did this so often she was given the nickname “the dog catcher.” And believe it or not, Day even almost lost her role in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much after she demanded the animals used onscreen were cared for better!
After her husband passed away in the late 60’s, Day began to devote her attentions to animal welfare full time. She began the Doris Day Animal Foundation whose straightforward mission is to “to help animals and the people who love them.”
As a teenager she lost a beloved pet who ran into the street one day, and after that day her mission seemed clear. “I’m going to do as much as I can for the animal world, and I’ll never stop.”
As the organization reaches its 40th year, Doris Day’s organization continues to create caring communities and maintain the balance between animal welfare and human development. There’s even a form on their website you can use to donate to help the reach a goal of $100,000 for the animal relief effort after Hurricane Harvey.
Happy Birthday Doris Day! Please consider donating to DDAF today to help animals in need in honor of Doris' birthday….