The Doris DayAnimal Foundation will celebrate the legendary songstress/actress’s 90th birthday by hosting special tribute for fans and friends at her Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA April 4th.
In addition to a special dinner in her honor, the already sold-out fundraising bash will feature a doggie fashion show, adoption event and auction of items autographed by such celebrity friends as Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett.
"There is so much work still to do to rescue animals, and to inform people about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets," stated Day, who added that she “doesn't care much for celebrating birthdays with cards or gifts, inviting fans to help animals instead. I'm all about the four-leggers."
Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1924, in Cincinnati, OH, Day became famous as a band singer in 1939. She later starred in 39 films, including “Pillow Talk” for which shereceived and Oscar nomination.
Although her interest in animal welfare and related issues date back to her teens, she first co-founded her first animal advocacy organization, “Actors and Others” in1971, and began appearing in several advertisements denouncing the wearing of fur, along with Angie Dickinson, Mary Tyler Moore and Jayne Meadows.
She later founded the non-profit Doris Day Pet Foundation, (now the Doris Day Animal Foundation) in 1978, followed by the Doris Day Animal League, a national non-profit citizen's lobbying organization whose mission is to reduce pain and suffering and protect animals through legislative initiatives in 1987. She has also been an active lobbyist on Capital Hill in support of legislation designed to safeguard animal welfare.
In 1995, she originated the annual Spay Day USA, now co-sponsored by The Doris Day Animal League and its partner into The Humane Society of the United States. The two organizations melded together in 2006.
The Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center opened in 2011 on the grounds of an animal sanctuary started by her late friend, author and fellow animal activist Cleveland Amory in Murchison, TX,