RIP, Doris Day, actress and animal lover

We have been regulars at the Cypress Inn in Carmel since I was a teen. It’s a classic California Coastal inn known for its ’20s-era Spanish architecture, and pets are welcome.

Our pets would join us in the courtyard (on a lead, the rules made clear). Our Norwegian Elklhound Eloise and later our lab Gretchen would romp on Carmel beach.

Ms. Day and her business partner Dennis LeVett ran the “pet friendliest” inn. She would greet guests on occasion. Doris also founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). The letter that was emailed is here:

Dear Supporter,

With heavy hearts, we share the news that Doris Day passed away peacefully this morning at her home in Carmel, Calif. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3, and many of you attended birthday events and sent your best wishes from around the globe. She delighted in hearing from you! She was in good physical health to the end, and we are so grateful she was surrounded by friends as she passed.

The world has lost a light today. Doris was not just a darling of song and screen, but a close friend, an inspiration when the world seemed bleak, and a dear, compassionate advocate for her favorite beings on Earth: the 4-leggers.

Her life’s work — her music, her films, and her animal advocacy — comprise an enduring legacy. Fans will continue to laugh at her romantic comedies, admire her dramatic grit, marvel at her pitch and interpretation of so many great, songs. She redefined what it meant to be a girl singer with a Big Band, and she broke the mold for Hollywood starlets. And for so many fans, young and old, the name Doris Day will always make us smile.

Doris’ passionate work on behalf of dogs, cats, horses, sea lions, raptors and other animals in need of rescue, veterinary care and adoption will not end. The Doris Day Animal Foundation is committed to continuing its work as a grant-giving organization, funding smaller animal welfare non-profits across the country.

As you remember Doris today, give a thought to the animals she cared for so deeply. Memorial contributions in Doris’ honor can be made by clicking this link.

While we grieve Doris’ loss, we at DDAF also honor her leadership of more than 40 years. She was truly a voice for the voiceless among us, a bright and beautiful champion for the cause of animal welfare, and a dear, dear friend to us all.

In deepest sympathy,

T. Robert Bashara
CFO
The Doris Day Animal Foundation

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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