Doris Day died this week. Doris was the original “America’s Sweetheart” bursting onto the scene as a vocalist and then an actress. Two of her most famous hits were Que Sera, Sera and How Much is That Doggy in the Window. If you’re old like me, or you watch TMC, you’ve probably seen Tea for Two, Lullaby of Broadway, On Moonlight Bay, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Calamity Jane, and Pillow Talk.
Many legends have died and yet we don’t usually take the time to share about their achievements on a list focused on rescue dogs. So why Doris Day? What some of you might not know about the legendary Ms. Day is that more than music, more than acting, and even more than people, Doris Day was one of the first animal activists. She gave her all to all animals. Her website features that one star was famously quoted, “We all had at least one of ‘those Doris Day animals.’ If you would see Doris on the street or at the studio, chances are you would end up with some homeless cat or dog Doris was sponsoring. She carried around photos of the animals who needed homes, and then she’d actually come over to inspect your house to make sure you were up to it.”
There’s a lot more from her site for those of you interested in what a profound difference Doris Day made from rescuing to legislation and a ton in between. She was a dedicated and tireless voice for the animals and she once noted that she was glad she had retired from show business because she had never worked so hard as she did as a volunteer for the animals.
You can read more on her site at https://www.dorisday.com/work/animal
But what does that have to do with us at NEW PAWSibilities? We may not have deep pocket donors like those in Hollywood. We might not have the ear politicians like actor turned President Ronald Reagan like Doris, but we care passionately about the plight of homeless dogs. Because Day had those connections and that huge heart she was able to make a tremendous difference with her animal welfare foundations.
In the next few months, we will be applying for more grants to help us fulfill our mission to create a world where every dog can be surrounded by love. Grant writing is competitive, hard, and frustrating and you hear no way more often than yes. Hopefully, we will one day be able to post that we received a grant from the Doris Day Foundation and other prestigious groups.
We get enormous satisfaction by connecting people and dogs because, as simple as it sounds, love is just a wag away. What isn’t simple is finding money to continue every day. But thanks to a little Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff from Cinncinati, OH there are funding sources and with each rescued dog we get the distinct pleasure of connecting people and dogs like that little one in the window, the one with the waggly tail.