From acting, to singing, there’s simply nothing that Doris Day hasn’t done. But you probably didn’t know that she’s still alive and kicking at 95 and making the world a better place as an animal welfare activist.
Doris Day has acted alongside the best of them, like Rock Hudson, and to this day, she’s everyone’s favorite actress. These days, she’s taking on a more active role as an animal activist thanks to a foundation she started that is making the world a better place.
Doris Day hasn’t been active in Hollywood since 1973, when she said goodbye to the city of lights and moved to the beautiful city of Carmel. Since then, she’s been pursuing another passion of hers.
According to Bob Bashara, Day’s manager and friend, she always had a thing for animals. In fact, she used to rescue them even when she was living a lavish lifestyle in Beverly Hills.
Dubbed “the dog catcher,” Day rode her bike looking for strays to help out. Whenever she couldn’t find a home for them, she’d take them to her place, give them some food and clean them up.
Day made it big in the 1948 film “Romance on the High Seas,” which opened the door to other opportunities. But she’s best known for her hit song “Que Sera: Whatever Will Be Will Be” in 1956.
After the loss of her third husband, Martin Melcher in 1968, Day devoted herself to helping animals full time. Surely, there are plenty of animals who owe their lives to America’s sweetheart!
Day’s love for animals started at 14, after a train struck a car she was in. As she convalesced for almost two years, her dog Tiny became her ultimate companion, which might explain why she’s so keen on animal activism.
Tiny passed away when it ran into the street. This may have been what convinced Day that it’s vital for people to take better care of their pets, keep them on leashes, and be responsible for taking care of another life.
In 1956, Day almost blew her chances to work in the Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in Morocco. So, she gave Hitchcock an ultimatum in which she refused to continue filming unless the animals were cared for better.
After retiring from Hollywood, she bought a place in Carmel Valley, California, where her last film, “Julie” was made. Then she gave the home a serious makeover so that she could also tend to animals in need.
By 1978, Day stayed busy with the Doris Day Animal Foundation, and later the Doris Day Animal League to help animals. But to this day, if a cat or dog were to stray into her property, she’d most likely take it in and look after it with love.