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People Who Matter: An Interview with Doris Day


DD: Well, thank you, but really, I consider that an inspiration from God. The man who owned the inn was looking for a partner, and my son spoke with him; our only condition was that the hotel had to be animal-friendly. After he got used to the idea, he agreed, and we were ecstatic. Carmel is so dog-friendly, and now many of the hotels allow guests to bring their pets.
NM: I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but what you put forth on film… you’re very strong, yet very personable, and that’s such a rare combination. You’re the perfect person to hear about animal issues from, because people really like you.

DD: I want to tell the truth, and maybe that’s why they trust me. When I was acting, I believed what I said ... every line. I’m so grateful to my fans and donors and friends, people who do trust me. When people donate, I write to them and say, “I love you for caring,” because that’s what it is in life, caring.

NM: When you’re working to have people care about animals, do you think it’s best to start with companion animals, rather than, say, farm or lab animals?

DD: Companion animals are what I know best, but it all needs to be addressed. We’re involved with Greyhounds and the dog-racing issue, and we’re finally getting the bill banning the slaughter of wild horses passed. And puppy mills—we’re really involved with that issue. We’re putting what we can into stopping them.

CW: Speaking of companion animals, tell us about Spay Day.

DD: Well, spaying and neutering are the most important things you can do for animals. Everything is cause and effect—the cause: people don’t alter their animals; the effect: the SPCA is filled with animals that are euthanized weekly. It really is the most important thing we can do.

CW: We thank you for your time, and are happy to support Spay Day. We hope it’s bigger than ever this year.

DD: I loved meeting both of you, and I hope to meet you in person some day. That would be great fun!

 Check for the date of the next Doris Day Animal Foundation Spay Day.




This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 34: Jan/Feb 2006
Cameron Woo is The Bark's co-founder and publisher. thebark.com

The Everett Collection (Day), Amy T. Zielinski (McKay)

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Submitted by Leslie Smith | January 29 2010 |

I was just on your website, looking for the submissions guidelines, and I couldn't resist clicking on a few stories -- particularly the Doris Day piece. I'm a huge admirer of all her work, not the least of which is her animal advocacy. Thank you for this informative interview with one of my favorite stars. And I have to add that I'm a current fan of Nellie McKay's Blueberry Pie album. All the best, Leslie Smith

Submitted by Nancy | May 16 2010 |

Hello, Ms Doris Day~

I'm 63 years old, and have been an animal rights activist since my early 20's. I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't have a companion animal - well, not when I went away to college - no dogs!
For a long time, I was a member of DDAL. Unfortunately, my husband (a severely disabled Vietnam veteran) was going through a rough patch in his life. He was unable to work, and I was on 100% diaability. Money was meager, so I had to stop my contributions. It was a sad time in my life, but I did continue to boycotte shops that sold fur clothing, helped to close pet stores, and went with friends to rescue dogs in puppy mills. If I had no money to give to animal rights organizations like DDAL, then I'd help by aiding my like-minded friends in getting pathetically treated dogs away from horrid people who were treating them like scum. Many of them came home with me, and my dear friends. We've had loving, precious dogs come into our family and leave us with an empty feeling. At one time, we had eight dogs; we're "down to" two dogs. A "mostly" Great Pyrenees who came from a puppy mill; her name is Layla, and she recently had her 13th birthday. Layla's pal is Shamus, a Cairn Terrier, who was rescued from a horrid situation. Our home was reposed, we were forced to file bankruptcy, we're living in a small home that we rent. It's been a difficult two years, but our loving companion animals keep us sane. A life without our wee ones would be an empty life.
I love your movies; I love your part in "Calamity Jane" - Wonderful!!!! I'm certain that you made sure that all of the majestic horses were treated with love, kindness, and no harm came to any of them.
Bless You for the wonderful work you do for all animals in dire need of love and gentleness. All dogs need a loving Forever Home!!!

Nancy A. Speed
Tulsa OK

Submitted by Judy Boisen | January 26 2011 |

Hi Doris: I am a 68 year old grandmother who has seen all your movies at least once and have copies of the silvery moon, moonlight bay and tea for two. I was absolutely in love with Gordon MacRae in those movies. And you were my idol. It was such a wonderful time era those movies were in. I just want you to know MY childhood was all the happier because I could go to the theatre for 12 cents and see you on the big screen. Thanks for the memories!!!! jdybsn@meltel.net.

Submitted by Bob Stadler | February 22 2011 |

Doris,you have always been its magic,to me.

Submitted by Karren Garces | April 4 2012 |

Doris Day has been my role model for 43 years. Meeting her has been at the top of my bucket list ever since I watched her first movie as a child and listened to my mom play her records. I started collecting all her music and movies and listen to it today. She makes me happy. We also share a great love for dogs and rescuing in common. Among many other things, I became a groomer and have taken my artist gift and translated my passion for dogs into fine art / pop art pet portraits. See more at www.karrenmgarces.com

Submitted by Sondra | April 3 2014 |

I love Doris Day. She was and still is the epitome of humane. Not only for her extremely huge talent but her voice for all animals that cannot speak for themselves. It says so much about her. More people should give to animals their unconditional love because animals give unconditional love to us.
She also happened to be quite a fashionista and wore and looked fabulous in everything.

Submitted by Sue Dicus Ferguson | April 3 2014 |

Loved all your movies, your songs and dancing. So light hearted. You are beautiful inside and out. My friends told me when I was younger I looked a lot like you with my freckles and blonde hair. :) I am a animal lover and have 2 dogs and a cat. I would have more but can't afford. Happy Birthday to you Doris. Your one in a million. :) Cheers. I'm 67 yrs old, born January 15, 1947.

Submitted by Kathy D | April 6 2014 |

I have been a fan of Doris Day since I was a very young girl. I am now 74 yrs. old. She was superb role model for us young girls back when. Thank you Miss Day very much for that. Your songs and films have always been a joy and will never grow old! Happy 90th birthday.

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