April 13, 2009

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Posted: 08:33 PM ET


April 9, 2009

This is my first blog for CNN, and I'm appreciative of the request. I wanted to accept this invitation to ask you for a special favor.artdorisday1The fact that April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month makes it the perfect time to ask for your help with a campaign that means so much to me.artdorisday12

My request is that you be a good citizen and keep an eye out for your neighbors' dogs, cats, birds and other animals to make sure they are being treated humanely. You would not believe how much mail I receive and the terrible stories I hear about dogs chained and left for hours, crying all the time; or cats confined to the smallest spaces and left in the cold, or other tales of dogs, cats and birds that are too shocking to tell to humane and sensitive people.

At the very least, animals should have shelter, food, water, protection from the weather and the company of their guardians. That's the absolute minimum. I am asking you to make sure the animals near your home, school and/or workplace are well treated.

Many of us are dedicated members of "Neighborhood Watch" and other community groups where we watch out for those nearby. You can easily expand this community outreach and protect the animals, too. If you were aware of a child being treated badly, you would, hopefully, take action and report the problem to someone in authority. It shouldn't be different with animals. Animal abuse is illegal, and every community has its own laws and rules about what defines humane behavior toward animals.

Our "Neighborhood Watch" groups are also concerned about the property in our areas. I think it's fine to look out for people's possessions; but, in my view, pets are more important than property. Don't you agree?

If you hear barking or crying, look to see why the animal is making noise. If you walk by a troubling situation day after day, think about how it might be improved. Call the authorities if the abuse is breaking the law. We have to be more compassionate about the animals than about property.

Our animals' lives are so short, and they love and watch out for us. We need to make their time on earth special and give them the compassionate treatment they deserve.

Our Doris Day Animal Foundation ( is one of the many non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of animals and the people who love them. Thank you in advance for helping us help them.

All the best,

Doris Day

President and Founder

Doris Day Animal Foundation

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Barb   April 13th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

I'm with you Doris. We all have to take responsibility for creatures that can't speak for themselves. Any coward that would hurt an animal, would hurt a child or a senior (easy targets), its a great indicator of a very sick person. We should all watch these people closely. Animals are the greatest joy in my life. I can't imagine my life without my pets.

Lisa M   April 13th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Isn't it ironic that the blog has an exclusive posting from Doris Day that April is Animal Cruelty Prevention month on the very same day it is announced that President Obama did not select a shelter dog. It is not just his family's choice, but the effect of that choice on hundreds, if not thousands, of families who will take his cue for their choices. There are about 6 MILLION cats and dogs euthanized annually...and many, many of them in ways that are unbelievably inhumane in this day and age. There are many individual decisions that will lead to a reversal of the sad fortune of these helpless animals, but we really, really need our leaders to set the example.

angela   April 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

thank you Doris, thank you so much, this is so very important, many people have to be told the obvious because they arent sure where animals fit in. We had a situation in our community last year where a dog had been left chained to a fence during the cold without food or water. Neighbors heard him whimper through a fence, but they were too afraid to report it, well the poor dog dies because they did not act soon enough. The story absolutely broke my heart and does to this day.

John, San Antonio, TX   April 13th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Hi Doris! It's great to have a chance to say hello directly. You were my all time favorite actress when I was growing up during the 1950's and I miss the kind of movies you used to act in. I have always had a pet of some kind but usually a dog. I always have them spayed or neutered and made sure they were comfortable and safe. I keep my pets indoors except when I had horses. I donate to the local humane society and recycle aluminum cans and paper for one nearby towns pound. Dogs can be so loyal and loving and often make for better friends than some people. I will try and keep an eye out for animals that are being abused and call the authorities when appropriate. I'm glad you are a supporter of animals in addition to being a great actress. Some years ago, I was stationed at the Language School in Monterey and was told that you and Clint Eastwood both lived in Carmel, CA. I think Clint was even mayor while I was there. You sure chose a beautiful place to live. Best of luck to you..

Mrs. Patricia Brito   April 13th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The Duggars are GREAT! These are the people who need to have children. Those who will love, train and raise them to be loving contributors to society. Looks like no sociopaths or psychopaths out of that household. What a wonderful thing. 18 or 19 or 20 or however many children they have had. Sane, loving and giving.
I wish we had more people like this having children. We would have less social problems and a happier world. Now, they will be loving grandparents to another generation who will have loving parents. God bless.

Mary   April 13th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Hi Doris,

Just saw the house you used to live in during a drive through Sayler Park, Ohio yesterday.

Carol Jean Davidson   April 13th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Dear Doris, I share your love and concern for animals, especially those that are abandoned or never had a home to begin with. Personally, I feed 5 stray cats in my neighborhood plus have 3 of my own. I have been doing this for over 5 years – had two snatched up and neutered/spayed and brought the two brothers back. I just dred if one of them gets injured – some are ferel and difficult to catch. I will just obtain antibotics from vet and put in "tuna juice" if I see a wound.

You are a dear person and a GREAT ACTRESS!


carol kesling   April 13th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

lisa, the dog the obamas got was a dog that was returned to the original owner because the dog did not work out !!!!! so in this case i think they can be forgiven for such a travestry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CindieKay   April 13th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Ms. Day, thank you for all the love and work you have put forth for the animals. It is a disgrace how innocent creatures of God go through hell just to survive. Isn't it ironic how animal mothers are better parents than many humans? And to think WE humans are considered the highest form of life! Was it Ghandi who said a nation is judged by the way their people treat the animals? We're in BIG trouble. Thank God for those such as you, who we all know and recognize, to set an example for the rest of us.....with alot of hope and prayer, we'll someday catch on that we're not the only ones with feelings and the need to be loved!

julie   April 13th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Thank you so much for all the happiness you've given us through your songs and movies – we remember you always . Actually my husband was mad about you , but married me . We're so grateful that you're keeping up the good work you do for animals . God created a wonderful thing for us when he gave us pets . We must repay their great love and friendship with loving care .

Dave Morse   April 13th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Hi Doris: I have also been a fan of yours over the years, and have known about your Animal Foundation for many years and applaud your work in this field.. What a wonderful opportunity for me to commend you on your work and continued success in this area. I hope you are in good health....recently enjoyed a movie you were in back in the late 40's called "Starlift." This movie is seldom seen, but was shown on Turner Classic Movies...Good Luck to you in all of your endeavors.

Viola Miklitsch   April 13th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

My next door neighbor leaves her dog on a chain all day alone in rain, snow, ice storms,etc till about 11 pm @ night.. I called the Town dog warden (nothing done). Then I put a dog iggloo with a cushion in it over there for shelter for the dog. The dog loves it. Owner accepted it but does not change the bedding,etc. Poor dog. I throw her dog bisquits and water when I can. She does bring the dog into the garage at night.
It hurts me to see such a neglected dog.

janice sutherland   April 13th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Hi Doris, There is nothing like sweet love of a pet. We just adopted a cute little calico cat from the SPCA this week and she's adorable. Thank you for all that you do. ...and I loved growing up watching your films.

Rumiko   April 13th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

My Mother and I have been a fan ever since I can remember. We are also members of your foundation. Do you still have the hotel in Carmel? We would really like to visit one day. I hope you are in great health and wish you the best!! We have two dogs and 4 cats, all feral and all get along. I would like to adopt them all, but that is not possible, so we contribute. Thank you for all that you do.

Wendy   April 13th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

CindieKay– I totally agree with you about how, often, animal mothers are better parents than humans. I, too, often question how ironic it is that humans are considered the highest form of life when many of them treat animals so disgracefully. And it was Ghandi who said a nation is judged by the way its people treat animals (I have a t-shirt with that saying).

And, Doris, I want to take this opportunity to assure you that I will certainly continue to watch out for all the "four-leggers" (and birds) in my part of the world. I share my environment with 7 cats who are everything to me. I have been a proud member of the DDAL for several years now, the HSUS, and several other animal organizations; and I help out financially on a regular basis.

I know that's why I am on this earth–to care for those creatures who don't have a voice, to see that they are treated humanely.

Doris, I admire your dedication to caring for the animals in this world and am with you 100% . More power to you!

Barbara Feldt   April 13th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Thanks you so much for all you do, Doris Day! Laws are one thing, but enforcement is a whole other story. The carriage horses in New York City live such a horrid life yet drivers overcharge tourists, they illegally (but it is all over the carriage horse websites) sell liquor to riders who book in advance, and these poor animals stand in the hot sun without water on Central Park South. Do see the award winning movie, Blinders – info on You Tube! We MUST speak out for these horses!

H.J. Cudd   April 13th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

You have worded your blog exactly as I would have, exactly the way I think. I have always worried about the short lives of animals, especially dogs, my passion, and I want their few precious years to be filled with happiness and contentment. They so enrich our lives and they deserve so much and ask so little.

Judith DuBose   April 13th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Hi Doris:I was born and raised in I know where Saylar Park is.I have always loved your movies.My very favorite was"Calamity Jane".I have the video still today.I hope your health is good.I too love my animals.We have 3-dogs,2-cats.And we feed at least 6-cats outside which are not ours.But I feel sorry for them.We have been doing this for the last seven years.I don't know what is wrong with people today.Animals take better care of their young than a lot of humans.Thank you for your special care of our wonderful furry friends.Have a wonderful life.And thanks for carrying. Judith

Robert Judge   April 13th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

Hello Ms. Day. Thank you for your kind thoughts and your foundation on the importance of animal welfare. I have appreciated your film work, particularly “Calamity Jane”, your best performance and the recording of “Secret Love” in one take, unbelievable but true. The essence and unique quality of your voice and your down-to-earth diction on your recordings will live on forever. However, your wonderful contribution to animal welfare represents yet another stellar plateau in your illustrious career as a humanitarian ! At a girl, Clara !

Ginny Olsen   April 13th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

We have packs of dogs running my neighborhood who have physically injured and in one instance killed a neighbors dog. I can only walk my "Axel" in the day time and have to carry a baseball bat for protection. It is ridiculous how people neglect their animals until they return to the wild ways of their ancestry. If they only knew of the unconditional love that they are missing. Thank God I have never had to use the baseball bat but I will do whatever is needed to protect my little boy dog and myself. I also love every movie you ever made and you made a wonderful impact on my life. Keep up the good work for our animal friends.

Ruth H.   April 13th, 2009 11:15 pm ET


First of all, thanks for all the wonderful hours of
entertainment you have given to America. We still love
Your dedicated work with animals is not without
our appreciation and admiration. Keep it up!

A big hello from another former Cincinnatian who
always took great pride in the fact that I was raised in the
same neighborhood as you...good old Price HIll!

Being an owner of an 11 pound bundle of fur,
my little Shih Tzu dog, "Gershwin" (named in honor
of my favorite composer), I realize how much this
little animal brings me joy and keeps me grounded.
We need you as a spokesman for these little
creatures, since they can't advocate for themselves.

Love always from one of your millions of
fans, and a fellow professional musician from
your hometown.

Linda-pennsylvania   April 13th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

Hi Doris,

I had a beautiful cat murdered by a man that worked in a building off of my driveway. He was angry because my cat jumped out of my arms in my own driveway and he was driving up in his truck and had to stop for me to pick the cat up. A year later this same man I caught outside spraying my dog in the face with a can with a white cap on it. He was very sick and still out their probably killing and hurting more animals. Unfortunately all these animal abusers usually get is a small fine and their back out on the streets again.

Linda – thanks for trying to help animals – unfortunately there are too many worthless souls like this in the world.

Lilarose   April 14th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Now if we can just get PEOPLE to limit their litters, our world would not be so crowded and we wouldn't be subjected to poverty and war.

Doris, I am a fan since I was a kid and I am also a cat fosterer. I love raising orphan kittens. I have two brothers who are eight and a young female with an astonishing story of survival.

Thanks so much for all you do!

Cheryl Wittlinger   April 14th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I along with my students at Longfellow Middle School in Lorain,Ohio collect money everyday at lunchtime for the Partners for Paws non-profit organization that rescues dogs from death row at the pound. Everytime we reach $30.00 we immediately send it in so another dog can be saved. The first dog (we are on our third dog in only a month since we started) Taz came with his foster owner to visit us at our school last Wed. He is a healthy happy part lab part pomeranian that the kids fell in love with.Every dog we save gets their picture displayed at school on the canine hall of fame. I love dogs and kids so this project is a win win for me. Partners for Paws founder,Lorie W. came and educated the kids on how to spot abuse and who to report it to.Keep up the great work Doris !! Our 4-legged friends deserve our help and love ! Cheryl Wittlinger

Barbara A. Sloan   April 14th, 2009 12:49 am ET


Thank God we have a compassionate person like you to look after our helpless animals. I have always loved animals and I'm now 65 and still do. I can't stand for any animal to be abused or mistreated in any way, cause it just breaks my heart. I just wanted to personally thank you for your outstanding work with and for animals.
I have printed this page out and I'm going to put it on one of my neifghbor's that has a puppy outside and it's filthy plus I'm not sure IF she feeds it or leaves water out for it. IF I don't see any improvement with the puppy, I'm going to call The Humane Society to look into this situation. I feel so sorry for that poor little puppy.
You're a Wonderful person and I've always loved your movies as well.

lance longley   April 14th, 2009 1:01 am ET


Gretchen   April 14th, 2009 1:05 am ET

I enjoy two Koi ponds in my backyard and so guess what...I have all the neighborhood cats infesting my yard. I wish there was a way to make their owners responsible. I have asked for help to get rid of them...I cannot bear to hurt them. An extended family member runs an animal shelter and suggested cayenne pepper and placing citrus fruit on my patio furniture to keep them off. And one final tidbit...put masking tape out rolled up into a circle so it sticks to their fur...I don't really find that very humane.
Doris, thanks for all the joy you have brought into my life. I was raised on your films. I appreciate your example, I might otherwise have picked up the ole BB gun and shot those darn cats!

Diane W.   April 14th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Dear Miss Day,

I contribute to your animal fund and greatly admire all your efforts in the protection of animals. Thank you for all your good work.

PS. I never tire of listening to that album you did with Andre Previn. Fools Rush In is my favorite track but I love every single song on that great album.

Anita Leist   April 14th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Hi Doris. I'm 2 mos. younger than you and your name is part of our family. Do you remember when you were about 16 and stayed with a family in Detroit? The story is that my husband to be – Nelson Leist –
refused to kiss you goodbye because he was going with me. His family knew your family in Ohio and invited you to stay with them.
Funny story my family loves. Anita

Lynn   April 14th, 2009 1:13 am ET

It was so good to read what Doris Day, had worte on Animals..
Your a wonderful person to have done so much for Animals. I have loved you from the start..When I was younger watching your movies. I know by your movies and how you played your roles you a very kind person with a good heart.. My husband & I love dogs we send food to the SPCA during the Holidays and since are Golden Retriver just pasted this Jan, we are looking to get a puppy. Dogs have been a part of my life since I was a child. I just pray that when I pass on I met up with my beloved Buffy again... And I could wrap my arms around her and let her lick my face with her wonderful kisses...God bless you Doris Day, your a wonderful person and I am glad you do what you do for animals..

Gary Cowley   April 14th, 2009 1:14 am ET

This is a wonderful chance to tell u how much i love all ur movies Doris and i wish u well to help all animals, i agree they need our love, i have a sweet cat and love him so much... had a fire lately and lost all ur movies and so much more...(went into the basement to save him but couldn't with all the flames and smoke, but thank God the firemen found him, and after 2 weeks in intensive care he is now healthy again thank God)...,i have now bought many of ur movies on dvd and i love them so much again and watch them often!! They bring me gr8 pleasure, u r a gem!!!

Ann Lovve   April 14th, 2009 1:26 am ET

Barbara, please don't wait. Young animals are so fragile. Either speak with your neighbor immediately, or in my personal experience, you just pick your time and take the animal. So often people get defensive and refuse to improve care for the animal. Don't be afraid. You will be doing the right thing. And you may very well save the life of that little dog. I've done it more than once and know that sometimes it is just necessary. I hope you see this message and act now.

Becky Dahlstrom   April 14th, 2009 1:27 am ET

I used to watch Animal Cops on Animal Planet but after seeing how people were so cruel and deadly to innocent animals I couldnt watch anymore. It made me so sad to think that even in the year 2009 animals who were touted "as mans best friend" were discarded so carelessly.
Although there are many happy endings for abused animals I feel that many people still do not consider animals abuse News Worthy.
As a society of intelligent people and an animal lover I agree with Ms. Day in the fact that we should be diligent in reporting incidents of animal abuse.
In todays society with the disentigration of nuclear and extended familes some animals, specifically cats and dogs, are becoming more valuable in the sense that we realize the "total unconditional love" they provide for us.
I believe every animal has a right to live its life with dignity and love.
If you are thinking of adopting and animal please visit they Animal Regulation in your area and for a small price you will receive the greatest gift...a companion who will not ask for much more than a little food and water and a walk or jog to the park and will give you so much happiness and kindness in the future.
I am fortunate to have to 2 dogs who were abandoned and lost and they are the most Magnificent and Wonderful "boys"and I am so thankful I was picked to be their human companion.
Regarding Doris Day I can say that when I am feeling anxious or upset I can watch a movie from the era where "True Acting" was performed and the nostaligic simplicity of life along with Regality and Class allowed my imagination to grow.
Thank You to you Ms. Doris Day and the Late Mr. Rock Hudson and Tony Randall and so many other wonderful actresses and actors that bring a smile to my face and let me dream of better days ahead...

Marion   April 14th, 2009 1:29 am ET

I've known about your love for animals for many years and it is so wonderful that you feel as you do. However, I live next door to the son of an international movie star who is a very nice fellow but I believe is not teaching his children the humane way of treating animals. Among the many privileges afforded their children was several years back when the girls expressed the desire to have rabbits as pets. A short time after the rabbits arrived, I mentioned to him that there was a spotted rabbit in my yard. His response was that that was fine because they really didn't want it anymore. We found out that the rabbit would perish during the winter because it had never been in the wild. Happy ending: Another neighbor found a child in her CCD class who wanted the rabbit, so the rabbit found a happy home. I don't understand people who have no concern for animals. You're great! Gee I wish you still made movies.....such fun and just pure entertainment, not special effects, etc. Marion

Becky Dahlstrom   April 14th, 2009 1:41 am ET

and the *nostaligic (nostalgic)
Earlier post I spelled nostalgic wrong..( I cant help it my g grandmother was a school
I agree with Marion especially around Easter and Christmas parents and other loved ones by pets and after a week or two no one wants the responsibility of caring for the "Gift".
That is why spay and neutering are so important also. I think if we are all diligent in the future we can help make the planet a better place for not only people but the wonderful , unique, and special animals who inhabit it.
I agree that I wish Ms Day still made movies. Imagine no special effects, no computer graphics and no x-rated or violence..Its hard to imagine that my grandchildren will not experience the wonderful movies of your time and mine.
Thank God for the "American Movie Classics and Turner "Entertainment network and vcr and dvd tapes..

Christie Hanses   April 14th, 2009 1:48 am ET

Thank you for your blog on behalf of animals, especially dogs and cats. While my children were growing up we had dogs, fish, gerbils, hamsters, a very special lop-ear bunny, and a lizard. From those special friends, their care, feeding and companionship, our children learned so much compassion and joy. My son adopted a dog from an animal rescue organization, and my daughter nursed filed mice when their mother was killed outside her nest. I can't tell you how my heart was touched to see my daughter warming them with a light ball, feeding them puppy formula, rubbing them to stimulate them, and getting up every few hours to check on their progress. I think that's the other side of animal advocacy, the tenderness and stewardship our children can learn from the loving and ethical treatment of animals. It encourages the sweetest and best within them, and blesses them with the love returned to them by animals.
Just as an aside about the Obama's new dog, "Bo." In all fairness, apparently the allergic issue figured into this, and the dog is 6 months old and had been returned. Does it make any difference if we adopt form shelters, rescue organizations, or simply take in a stray animal we may find wandering? Let's just be glad animals are finding loving homes with responsible care-givers! Thank you for encouraging us to be neighborhood watch participants on behalf of animals. Let's remember, too, to watch and protect our own animals from abduction. We live near a metro center, and dog-fighting is prominent, and animals are often removed from yards to be used as sparing partners for trained dog fighters.

Becky Dahlstrom   April 14th, 2009 1:50 am ET

To :Linda-pennsylvania
Oh my goodness I am so sorry to hear of your loss in such a violent way. It is a scary and brutal reminder of heartless people living in our world.
I think it is a great idea to report those who we think might be abusing animals..what can it hurt if that persons animals are taken away then you would have saved an animals life. And its often not only abuse but total neglect. I know you are upset about your dear sweet cat , as you should be, but I believe there are alot more animal lovers than haters and if we are diligent and report these people we might even be saving a "human life along the way because it has been reported that people who abuse animals often leads up to killing humans..
Animals Deserve Dignity and Respect.

Dianne   April 14th, 2009 1:53 am ET

Dear Doris,
I hope you are well. I grew up watching your movies and I hope you know how important and how American you are both professionally and as a animal activist. Cruelty to animals, wild or domestic, breaks my heart. I can't change the world but I can provide a safe and loving home for my 2 cats, Lily and Stella. Lily is having a medical problem right now, unusual for female cats. She has crystals and kidney stones and her vet and I are hoping that special food will allow her to break these up and pass them out with her urine. If this doesn't work then the only option is surgery. I've already spent $500.00 and the surgery, if needed, would cost over $2,000.00. Times are tough, money is scarce, but I can't not do this for her. I have to find a way. She is only 6 years old and otherwise healthy and I love her so much. She is a beautiful American "mutt" and she owns me.

Bernadette Collins   April 14th, 2009 2:26 am ET

Hi Doris,
I'm wondering if you feel the way I do. The Obama dog did not work out in the first home ,and was returned to the original owner. If the Obamas had not taken the dog, I doubt it would have gotten a DEATH sentence. The dogs in shelters DIE if they don't get a home.I think it would have been nice if the president had showed some compassion and SAVED a poor dogs life !!!!!!!!!

Linda Holbrook   April 14th, 2009 3:15 am ET

So glad to hear of your animal rights activities. I am a senior and have an adorable Westie named Duffy. But just today I heard that management at the senior residence where I live intends to kill all the birds who come around because people won't quit feeding them. I am appalled at the remedy proposed and haven't a clue as to what to do. These little birds give many of us great joy. Any suggestions?

Paula Denmon   April 14th, 2009 4:13 am ET

Hello Doris,
Thanks so much for doing this blog and for your unswerving dedication to the cause of improving the life of companion animals.
It is so important that everyone know how to care for their animals, watch out for all animals, and do everything they can to spay and neuter animals so as to decrease the number of dogs and cats that end up in shelters, and never find homes. It is a never ending challenge that is helped by saving one dog/cat/bird/horse at a time.
Paula Denmon Board Member Ellis Co. SPCA, Texas

Gayle   April 14th, 2009 4:52 am ET

Doris: Your movies and songs were always special to me. Que Sera, Sera, and Don't eat the Daisey's! And so many more, thank you. I think your clothes were the cutest. I loved the polka-dots, it alway's makes me think of you. And your love for Dog's just lets me know what a beautiful person you are. I am so happy to be able to send you thanks for being you. My best to you always, Gayle Hanson

john marcelino   April 14th, 2009 5:53 am ET

Dear Doris , my feeling is that we will be judged on all the things we have charge of and dominion over. We all need to take the initiative to do the things which you spoke of, I will do my best to do those things and to be on the lookout for them. Thank you for your work in this area. We all need to be good stewards of our environment, this includes our animals. May I ask for an autograph? If I can I'll go through your website. Thank you and my best regards, John Marcelino

Carol Bradshaw   April 14th, 2009 6:08 am ET

Hello Doris,
I have always admired your fight on behalf of animals. We are kindred spirits. I found 5 pets I gave to good homes, and I have kept 10 others that had full and long lives. I now have 13 cats and 2 dogs. They have a wonderful life with lots of space and plenty of love. These were animals I picked from the street or rescued from a bad environment.
Why has there not been a law past that makes pet owners accountable for not spaying and neutering their pets. All 15 of mine have had that surgery, as well as, the 10 before them. The law should issue fines if the owner does not do so.
If people need to breed , they should pay a hefty tax for each litter they bring into the world. The money could go to keep animals in shelters until a good home is provided.
I say it is time to pay if you want to play and make more unwanted animals in this world. We have no right to kill these animals because of our greed and lack of consideration for their well being.
If our society doesn't change it's way, it's time that laws are imposed on everybody to act in a responsible way to these creatures.

JOANNE L EDDY   April 14th, 2009 6:37 am ET

Wouldn't it be nice if everyone in the world were as compassionate and kind to animals as the beautiful Doris Day. We have 5 rescue dogs and they make the world a better place.
It would also be nice to read an article and not have to sit through comments about President Obama that have nothing to do with the subject. The comment made by Carol Kesling is exactly right. The dog was given up because the family couldn't handle him so let's hope people who dislike the president for any reason can deal with that.

Lynette Adams & David Morris   April 14th, 2009 7:20 am ET

Dear Doris,

Thank you so much for all your good work. We are Americans who are long-term residents of Japan. We have been working to try to get the government to stop killing homeless dogs and cats by gassing them to death in a painful and terrifying way. We are writing politicians, organizing advocacy groups, and trying to contact anybody of influence who might put some pressure on the Health Departments to stop this horrifying practice. Any suggestions you have to help with this would be greatly appreciated.


Lynette & David

idzan ismail of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   April 14th, 2009 7:44 am ET

Hi Doris

I share your cause though I am living in another continent.
I grew uo hearing your songs. I remember my parents bought all your records and sing along with you.
How do you look so young when I feel so old?
I am so much younger than you are.

M. Levy Chicago Illinois   April 14th, 2009 8:01 am ET


I want to thank you personally for all that you have done for these animals these many years. Bravo!!!

Also I would like to say that I as a very young girl I wanted to grow up and look like you. Always loved your clothes. Your movies with Rock Hudson are classic. Loved your music and have it downloaded in my ipod. Really! Que Sera Sera a wonderful song. So you see we have not forgotten America's sweetheart.

Thank you again!

M. Levy Chicago Illinois   April 14th, 2009 8:01 am ET


I want to thank you personally for all that you have done for these animals these many years. Bravo!!!

Also I would like to say that I as a very young girl I wanted to grow up and look like you. Always loved your clothes. Your movies with Rock Hudson are classic. Loved your music and have it downloaded in my ipod. Really! Que Sera Sera a wonderful song. So you see we have not forgotten America's sweetheart.

Thank you again!

Wanda   April 14th, 2009 8:12 am ET

Falling in love with animals more and more over the years – now at 60 years of age I can fully understand why you have dedicated your life to the cause - much admiration and I wish you a healthy happy life because you have given much to us all and our animals. Wanda

Janet MacDonald   April 14th, 2009 8:29 am ET

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Ms Day, and admire you for all the work you have done on behalf of animals. We have cats whom we love and who love us. Their lives may be short but they are precious and none are ever forgotten once they leave this world.

Judy Peppard   April 14th, 2009 8:44 am ET

Dear Doris. You have always been my favorite actress. I still watch all your movies. Your movies made me feel good inside.

I would rather be with animals than people. If there is a heaven, I want to have animals all around me. I become so sad when I hear of an animal being abused. They bring us love and peace and I wonder how anyone could be cruel to such a living thing.

I love you Doris. I have since I was a little girl.

Judy from Colorado

Lynn Wooten   April 14th, 2009 8:55 am ET

Miss Day– I am a huge fan of your work, both in films and with animals. I so agree with columnist Liz Smith that you should be given the Lifetime Achievement Oscar award from the Academy. It would be so nice to see you again in that setting. I certainly hope you would consider appearing if it is offered. Everyone would love to see you again. Best wishes!

Diana Peterson   April 14th, 2009 9:25 am ET

Dear Ms. day,
As a fan of yours my entire life, I am thrilled to be able to write you a note that you may actually have time to read! I want to thank you for all your tireless years of caring for animals and for all of your hard work on their behalf. You and I also share the same birthday – (April 3.)

In the mid-80's a adopted a beautiful yellow lab from our local shelter.
He had either been dropped off out in the wilderness or had run away due to mistreatment beacuse he had scars on his face and was extremely afraid of any loud noise. When I took him in for his shots we found out he had heartworm so we had him treated for it – twice!
I am happy to say he survived the treatment and lived with us as our friend and family member for over 10 years. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives. I love you, Doris, and thank you again for all you do! I watch your movies all the time!

Marla   April 14th, 2009 9:48 am ET

Linda Holbrook, what a terrible situation with the birds at your retirement home! Call the County or the Fish and Wildlife in your area. I think that song birds are protected everywhere. Have the neighbors come out to speak for the birds. Find out if there is an animal rescue group in your area that can offer you some help. It is horrible that some people can be so callous about animals.
Thank you, Doris for being such a pillar for animal rights. If everyone were like you and all other animal lovers what a great world this would be.

Patti   April 14th, 2009 11:06 am ET

Hi Doris:

I grew up with hearing you sing and dance, loved all the movies. My sister and you were in the same school at one time in the western part of Cincy she mentioned you to me when I was talking about seeing Pillow Talk.

Well I want to tell you that all people should know that animals are Gods way of letting us know if we have compassion for other living things. we will be rewarded. Thank you for being there for defenseless animals. God Bless

Alice Manville   April 14th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

Miss Day
Thank you for always stepping up to the plate for the protection of animals. I have followed not only your acting career but your love and concern for the animals for many years. . This is 'blog' idea is a wonderful way to go the little extra step –just look a little closer-when there is excessive barking or a chained up animal in your neighborhood. With the current state of the economy it is the animals that will bear the bunt of the pain. Dropping a bag of food at a local shelter would make the person dropping it and all the animals that would benefit from it have a nicer day. Thank you again for your life long dedication. Alice

beverly   April 14th, 2009 12:32 pm ET

Happy Belated Birthday Doris!!!

I'm 57 years old and you have been my idol my whole life.

I will never forget when your character name was "Beverly" in "THE THRILL OF IT ALL' . Naturally that was my favorite movie!!!

I have an adopted dog named Maddie. Since I did not know her actual birth date I gave her yours, so every April 3rd I celebrate yours and Maddie's.

God bless you and all your efforts towards animals.

Johnny -Toronto Ontario   April 14th, 2009 12:52 pm ET

Dear Ms Day,

Thank you for your tireless work and inspiration in animal and pet welfare.

I try to do my part by monitering the local pet stores to see how the animals are treated. I have reported incidents to the local Humane Society when I observed Betta fish in low water level containers that made it unable for them to swim. I have also reported incidnets of dogs and cats that look unwell.

More education is needed to have people commit to the caring and needs of pets and ensure it is not an impulse decision to bring a pet into a home.

Thank you again for your outstanding work. I will continue to do my part.

Joy to you,


Connie Nashville   April 14th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Hello Doris,

Someone wrote a song:
"Bless the Beasts and the Children" for in this world they have no voice.

My heart, like yours, has always been open to helpless animals. I lived without a pet/dog few days in my life. Those days when I did not have a pet, my heart felt empty. Please continue your work for all those animals who have no voice. I have been made a better person, because of what my pets what taught me.

Anne   April 14th, 2009 1:39 pm ET

Doris day is an animal rights activist connected to groups like ALF (a terrorsit organization) PETA and HSUS which want nothing more than to eradicate every living animal on this planet. Please dont be stupid and think that animal rights has anything to do with caring for animals or has anything to do with animal welfare. Animal rights are loonies who want to stop anyone eating meat and wearing leather and owning pets.

Brenda Chiarello   April 14th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

God bless you Doris Day!! I wish the world was filled with more people like you and I who are concerned with animal welfare issues. It would be a much kinder and compassionate place to live!!

Kathleen   April 14th, 2009 1:45 pm ET

Thank you for your heartfelt dedication to helping all animals.

I continue to remind everyone that having an animal is a conscious choice.
It is not an accident!!! Therefore animal abuse is unforgivable.

So please we must all keep our eyes and ears open and be the voice for those animals which need to be heard and removed from situations which they do not deserve to be part of or subjected to.

Move to action for the animals!!!!
PACC911 Phoenix Animal Care Coalition

cindyintexas   April 14th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

Doris, first let me say that you are my hero – have been since I was a small girl. You always seemed to do what was right and your stance on animals is right on! I have 2 dogs, 4 cats (all had been homeless at one time) and 2 ferrets. We also feed several cats who appear to be homeless but won't let us too close. They come for the IAM's though. There is even a possum that shows up from time to time but we don't run him away. He's just trying to survive and he likes IAM's too!! I am very vigilant when caring for animals and watching out for those of others – good to see so many feel the same way about our 4 legged (and some 2 legged) friends out there.

BC   April 14th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

I thank Ms. Day for the great advice and suggestions. I witnessed horrible animal abuse years ago when a neighbor was beating a puppy in his bag yard. The sound of that poor animal's pain was so hurtful. I and our neighbors reported him to animal control and they AND the police raided the house. It turned out he was a Colombian drug dealer and he was "training" the dog to hate people and to become a vicious watchdog. (He also had a monkey, roosters for cock fights, and peacocks - peacocks shriek at the drop of a hat which makes them good "watchdogs").

And to silly Lisa M.: Get over the Obama dog not being from a shelter. His explanation is right on: You can't expect to find a perfect non-allergenic dog in the pound. The Obama girls would be adults by the time they found one. Besides, Bo was a gift.

Linda in FL   April 14th, 2009 1:47 pm ET

Doris, I have always been a fan of yours and truly admire the good work you do for animals. I have always had companion animals (cats). I currently have two adopted cats (brother and sister) and they are almost 14 years old. You should check out the situation down here in FL. A teacher in a Boynton Beach (Palm Beach County) school left her two cats alone for at least a month with no food or water and they died a terrible death. She has been suspended from teaching, with pay, and it appears she is going to be charged with two felonies. Petitions have been signed, letters have been written to have her fired from teaching. Perhaps interest on the part of a celebrity, such as yourself, would really put the pressure on the school system to do the right thing.

Nancy   April 14th, 2009 1:48 pm ET

You do know that the Obama's dog was placed with another family that no longer wanted it – it is an *older* puppy and therefore not as marketable if that is your concern. They have in fact rescued a dog in this situation.

Nancy Conrad   April 14th, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Dear Doris Day,
I am 58 years and I grew up listening to your beautiful voice and your songs. I just might have the records this day. I still sing BUTTONS AND BOWS. Thank you for doing all that you do for animals. My ex-father-in-law would trap cats that got into his vegetable garden and he would bring them to apartment complexes and the irony is that after I left his son, I live in a gated apartment complex and I feed all the stray cats. I have been reported, yet I continue the practice. Yes, I have tried to catch them for spaying etc.

Diane   April 14th, 2009 1:50 pm ET

Doris - I totally agree that we need to speak for the abused and mistreated animals. Just yesterday our local news reported on the story of a litter of two week old kittens set on fire. Thankfully they were rescued without severe burns. But to think that someone thought to do this for fun is unconscionable.

Everyone who is an animal lover and has a pet should vigorously defend the rights of animals.

Cheryl Rodrick   April 14th, 2009 1:50 pm ET

APRIL an also be known as Animals Play Roles In our Lives, so this month is ideal to bring this issue to the forefront in people's minds. Thank you for your tireless efforts in this cause as it is most important!!

Joe-Michigan   April 14th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

Thank you Doris, for all you do for animals. I love animals as well, and your work is greatly appreciated! FYI, I'm 56 and have all of your movies and watch them all the time. I especially love Lullaby of Broadway, Calamity Jane, I'll See You In My Dreams, Young Man With a Horn, and all those movies with Robert Cummings, Danny Kaye, Jimmy Cagney, and others. I'm still ticked off that Jimmy Cagney smacked you in the movie you did with him (can't remember the name of it). He hit America's Sweetheart! I couldn't believe it...hahahahahahaha!!! In any event, your singing and dancing is timeless, and I never get enough of listening to your songs even to this day. You always were and still are the best!!!

john   April 14th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

why is it that we are supposed to be the most intelligent animals on this Earth, yet we abuse and neglect the sweetest creatures God has given to us? I cannot imagine a life without knowing a dog's kiss, or a cat's purr. How boring a world it would be if there were no Robins in the trees, or no bunny rabbits playing in the fields. How beautiful it is to see a mother deer and her fawn. How many laughs do we get watching a squirrel or ground hog? Yeah, human beings are just bland. To know the love of an animal, the appreciation from a recused dog, the company of the family pet....that's what life is all about. These are God's gifts for us to protect and love!!! Give me a world of animals and I'll be a happy man!

Larissa K.   April 14th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

I can't agree with Doris Day more and thank you so much, Ms. Day, for your incredible efforts on behalf of the helpless. All innocent, trusting life, which of course, includes children, should be guaranteed protection until and unless they can help themselves. This means actually following through on abuse laws and instituting abuse laws where there are none. When these laws come up for adoption in your local government, where you haven't been involved otherwise, please simply exercise your voting right to get these laws passed – and enforced.

Melody Chapin   April 14th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

Hello Ms. Day,

I have always been a fan of yours for your performing career, but just as importantly I am a fan because of your love of animals. All the animals I have are rescue animals and I do keep my eye out for animals that are not being treated well.

Thank you, Ms. Day for being the kind, caring person that you are.

Melody Chapin

Matthew Ferran   April 14th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

@ Lisa M.

I hope you know that the fact that the Obamas did not choose a shelter dog does not mean that they are not rescuing the dog that they did choose. 'BO' came from a home that couldn't care for him and it's a very similar if not the same case as adopting a shelter dog, so for you to say that people will be taking cues from them you are seriously misinformed.

Sue   April 14th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

Just read about you on CNN. I was a fan of you, your movies and your music when I was growing up in the 50's and 60's. But, I am really a fan of yours now because of your love of animals and making sure they are taken care of. I am a total "fanatic" when it comes to animals and their care. I love all animals (except snakes and spiders) and I cannot tolerate a human being neglecting or abusing any animal. I could easily be an animal activist, if I did not need my job for income. It breaks my heart to see any animal being abused, not fed or loved. I adopted my Sammy, a big black cat, about four years ago. I have always been an owner of dogs. I lost my cocker spaniel, Buffy, about four years ago. She was so perfect, my husband and I often said she walked on water. I miss her everyday. I plan to adopt a dog when I retire in four years. Thank you, Doris, for being such a caring and giving person for our precious 4 paws.

charles alvarez   April 14th, 2009 1:54 pm ET


Kelly   April 14th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

Doris, I'm so glad you've been doing this. It must make you proud that in so many parts of this country, animal cruelty is starting to be taken much more seriously. And I'm one who doesn't care what it might "lead to" (as in sociopaths, etc).

I think the hurting of animals is bad enough on its own, and I applaud any actions that serve to send the message that civilized societies have a zero tolerance policy towards it.

Jenny Stewart   April 14th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

Would you include our American wild horse in that plea? Sending our national symbol to the borders for slaughter simply because they eat the same grass that cattle eat is not a reason to hasten their extinction. 30,000 wild horses in Nevada alone are in danger of such a fate from our own government (BLM). Humans owe their survival to the horse. It's time to give them the same protections that we give our dogs and cats.

Kim   April 14th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

What I wonder if is good PWD breeders/rescues are now cringing getting ready for what will be streams of people wanting to get a PWD. They are not the right dog for everyone (I have meet several and they are wonderful but very energetic dogs). But you know, puppy mills are scrambling to get these dogs and start "producing". They will end up everywhere including shelters. Any purebred (or designer dog) they got was going to cause this uproar. A mutt would have been better just because it is OK for mutt's to suddenly be the popular breed – there is plenty of supply to meet the demand.

Terry Ralphanady   April 14th, 2009 1:58 pm ET

Who is Doris Day anyway?

Rob in Brno Czech Republic   April 14th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Doris, You are still alive!!! I had no idea! Great blog, and you are right, especially about the "company" part. Pets do need food, water, shelter, proper medical care, but they also need companionship!

John   April 14th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

For all you have done, and all you are doing, you truly are a national treasure. A fan from California

Marc   April 14th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Thank you Doris for getting the message out and all your hard work over the years in behalf of animal welfare. You've inspired me to donate my own time and volunteer at a local animal shelter.

You're my hero!

Cathy Laurel Maryland   April 14th, 2009 2:02 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day– I feel so honored to be able to tell you how much I have admired you and the way you work on behalf of animals. You are such a loving person and you have given so much of your life to so many wonderful causes. As a child I wanted to be you and as an adult I hope to do a fraction of what you have done with your life. I have a full time job, but I am always there for any animal that needs me. I have given my last dollar to help and animal in distress. I owe a lot of that to you. Thank you for making a difference in this world and the lives of so many animals. You are an angel on earth and my prayers are with you and your work. God bless!

Henry Ortiz   April 14th, 2009 2:03 pm ET

Doris, your post could not have come at a more opportune time. I live in Chicago, and was apalled yesterday by the behavior of some Cubs fans, the Chicag Police Dept. and the Chicago Media An ignorant and senseless fan thought it funny to sever the head of a goat and place it on a statue in front of Wrigley Field. The Cubs and the Media thought it funny and chuckled about the incident during a press conference, while the Chicago Police Dept decided to treat it as a "prank" and would NOT pursue an investigation. I am appalled that the welfare of an animal takes a backseat to good PR for a baseball team

Ivan   April 14th, 2009 2:04 pm ET

Having been deeply in love with Ms. Doris Day for at least 50 years ( along with millions of other men!) I applaud this lady's still sweet nature and her love for animals.
I'm going out now to patrol my neighbourhood for any signs of animal abuse, and shall tell suspects that Ms. Day is watching, so straighten up your act, or else!

Dewey Hamrick   April 14th, 2009 2:04 pm ET

Pets are property like anything else. A bat is a cat is a chair....these animal freaks who try to anthromorphize them have serious issues and really need to get a grip.

Its NOT a Disney movie...your dog is not off communing with another dog at an Italian restaurant....

Diane   April 14th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

Our family have always been fans – you brought joy in your pictures that have the real sense of what entertainment means. There are so many animals that have no idea a super-star is in their corner !! Thanks for the work you continue to do, this is a great endeavor !!

Ed   April 14th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

Yes it is true that if they hurt an animal they will hurt a human. Why! I have a Scottish terrier rescued from a pupoy mill raid in northern Mississippi last year. The puppy mill was found by accident. There was a death of a two year old girl. When the Sheriff went to investigate the crime scene they found this huge puppy mill of 195 dogs. The living conditions were deployable. City dumps were cleaner. The inside of the house was as bad as the outside. Cockroaches running every where.

The couple had 8 children with 6 of those supposidely adopted. When asked why so many children the mother's answer was " I wanted to be loved".

She should be loved with her husband all the way to the electric chair. Instead they blamed the oldest 17 year old daughter who is going to take the fall for it while they will get off Scott free.

maureen rich   April 14th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

Dear Doris,

Thank you for bringing to light the issue of animal cruelty. I work for an agency that help people who are victimized by rape, domestic violence and child sexual abuse. We have a Pet Protection Program to help protect pets who are living in homes where there is Domestic Violence. Many times women will not come to shelter because they fear for the safety of their pets. Pets are hurt, maimed and killed by the abuser and are often used a pawns to retaliate against the victim. We can shelter a pet with the help from community partners up to 30 days while someone is staying at our shelter. Our staff is very dedicated and our agency services 13 counties in our region. I just wanted to share the wonderful work we are doing regarding animal cruelty.

Louise Gold   April 14th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

Hello Ms. Day,

I share your concern and applaud your efforts to encourage people to watch out for animal abuse. I ask you also to lend your support to medical researchers working with animals to find cures and medicines to help treat humans. Another UCLA researcher had his car vandalized by these people who believe animals' rights are equivalent to humans' rights. Try telling that to a parent of a child dying because there is no cure for their disease.

Dorothy   April 14th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

Doris, you have been such a devout supporter of animals throughout your life. I respect you and your voice so much, it's one of those things that keeps me going amid so many examples of animal cruelty. I hope that everyone will make a good effort in keeping an eye out for those who at most times cannot help themselves...we must find ways to live peacefully and respectful of eachother. I have 4 cats whom I love dearly who were all once subjected to some form of abuse. Keep up the great work Doris!!! A supporter in Ohio.

maureen rich   April 14th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

Would you please remove my last name from my email

alvan St Jacques   April 14th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

Dear Doris, your films could all;ways cheer me up when I needed it. last year I was in the antarctic and went into one of the stations. a picture of you graces the wall. you are not forgotten
Recently we decided to take in a Shih Tzu for a companion for a labrador – chow, the the small dog decided to be my wife's lap dog. The dog is basically blind instead of being " put down " has a new home with love. Thank you for your concern for our friends, i always thought my dogs have been my guardians these many years. Al st j

Fonsini   April 14th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

It's a pity that she couldn't provide the same level of care for her own son (Terry Melcher) when he was being abused (with her knowledge) during one of her many marriages.

Personally I wouldn't let her take care of my hamster.

Alex   April 14th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

While I love my cat and hate people who are mean to animals, I think knocking on doors or worse calling authorities every time you hear a barking dog crosses the line from protecting your neighborhood to making your neighbors live in discomfort and apprehension. Not everyone is a model pet owner (or a model parent for that matter), but the chances they will listen to you are remote and you better be damn sure that their pet/child is better off in a shelter or orphanage. Most people are no Michael Vicks and are just trying to make the best of their time, resources and personal abilities and limitations.

MG Moore   April 14th, 2009 2:11 pm ET


You are our hero. I have seen every one of your films and love your singing voice. It stands to reason that you would love our animals and stand up and speak for them. I have a rescue puppy that is my best friend and companion. He is wonderful and I cannot imagine life without him. Keep up the good work and we miss you.

MG in Texas

Peggy Romanowski   April 14th, 2009 2:12 pm ET

Hello Doris! What a delightful experience to be able to say hello to my very favorite actress! Whenever one of your movies comes on TV, I always drop whatever I am doing to watch. I have always thought you were wonderful! I appreciate all you have done for the rights of animals as well. God bless you, and thank you for giving your public many happy hours of wholesome entertainment!

Melinda Moon   April 14th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day,
Thanks so much for your love of animals and helping them have a good life. I don't know what I would do without my 3 kitties, we spoil them rotten and I would not have it any other way. I promise to keep a watch in our Havana, Florida neighborhood.

I have enjoyed all your movies, my favorite is "That Touch of Mink" . Please take care of yourself and thanks again for all the work you do for animal rights.

Vicki Whalen   April 14th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

Hi Doris,

I am a long time fan and still watch your 60's movies religiously. My neighbor has a black lab that he leaves chained to the doghouse 24 hours a day no matter what the weather is. In Colorado, our winter nights get very cold (sometimes -15) and summers are hot (+98). I contacted the Dumb Friends League (our county has no animal protection agency) and according to them, as long as an animal has food, water and shelter, the law is not being broken. What can I do?

Bob   April 14th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

Oh sure, let's invest our time saving abused dogs and cats, whilst we ignore starving children: World-wide over a hundred children *per minute* die of starvation or easily preventable disease. Per minute!

Doris, do you really want us to spend precious time spying on our neighbors and their pets rather than caring for – or, perish the thought – actually doing something for starving children over starving animals?

Your fame and success have warped your sense of right and wrong and twisted your priorities. You are a good person with a spoiled idea. Fortunately, it's not too late to get it right. I know you know better.

Ericka DiRe   April 14th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

Dear Doris, and you are a dear, thank you for all your caring regarding the humane treatment of animals. I know that this sounds dramatic but many a night I cry over some animal, usually a dog, that I believe is a sad, neglected dog through no fault of his own, tied to a cinder block with a plastic crate to sleep in. This is occurring now across the street from me. The dog's name is Bourbon, gives you a clue doesn't it? I talked a little with his owner to establish a friendship but the people that live there really are kind of scary. I called the Independence Police Department when it was 18 degrees out and they sent out a swat team, no kidding, but assessed the situation and found : shelter, water. THIS WAS GOOD ENOUGH. I don't get it. A plastic box and an upside down frozen water bowl WAS ENOUGH??

Steve   April 14th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

Thank you for your work on behalf of our pets.

Richard T   April 14th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Hello Doris! I'm sure that you're already busy reading all of our comments. Kudos to you and to your association for making us more aware of the plight that many animals face daily. I am the happy owner of 5 cats, and they're all from shelters, and I would not have it any other way. In fact, whenever I adopt, I always make sure that I take in an adult cat, as those adorable little kittens always manage to find a home, but it's not always so for the older pets.
It is especially important for us to donate to associations like yours, Doris, or others, that with the current financial climate, must be falling short of your projected collection amounts. I always donate to Last Hope's Cat Adoption Center, which is on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington, Long Island.
Whatever we can do to help these defenseless animals by adopting and donating, always comes back to us in tenfold. Open your hearts and your wallets, friends, and help these wonderful animals! I'm sure that you all agree that our lives would be much different without their loving company!
Thanks, Doris! We STILL Love You!
Richard T

joyce   April 14th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

I am very happy that you wrote your blog. A transplant to the South I am dismayed at the cruelty of animals down here. I belong to the ASPCA (U.S.) and the Humane Society of the United States. I am an active supporter of any new laws to help the animals, and especially the ones that involve Alabama. My animals (cats) which were all saved are precious to me as are all animals. Please get involved in your states legislation for the protection of animals.

kathy   April 14th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

Great Doris! You hit the nail on the head so to speak. I have been in to animals and their rights for years, and help at the shelter here. I will always be the first to report abuse and neglect. I must say that I truly care and respect animals more than I do most people. With the amount of crime and killings going on in our Country, I feel most content, safe, and happy with my dogs. Thank you for all you do to help our furry friends in need. ( also love all the movies you have been in)

mary narkiewicz   April 14th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

Thank you Doris Day.
I am a member of the Doris Day Animal League . Thanks for all you do for the vulnerable animals in our world.

You are one of my very few heroes in this human world!
Keep up your great work, and know that I, for one, will do my best to help any animal I see.

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Kate   April 14th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

Yes, I agree with you. We just don't look at the animals around us. We expect to see animal cruelty elsewhere, but could be right down the block. There is no one but us to save these animals who give love, loyalty etc. I'm watching for you Doris!

Bob   April 14th, 2009 2:19 pm ET

Someone better advise San Antonio..aka.."Stray Dog City"! There's so much Dog abuse here that the local government ignores the problem that's reported to them by the few who care. You see stray dogs everywhere in the city and county roads suffering. I already adoped 2 stray dogs. One old and another with a broken leg.

Nancy Harrison   April 14th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

My dog is a member of my family. I love Lucy as much as I love my natural daughters. In fact, there are times when I love her more. She is always so happy to see me when I come home from work. She is loving and caring of me when I'm ill. She is always there for me when I feel low and she is the best friend I have. I can't imagine my life without an animal in it. Lucy is 10 now. Hopefully she will live another 7-8 years, but when she goes I'm headed to the Pound to find another baby to care for and to care for me. They are better than husbands, wives, lovers, etc.

S Bressler - Indio Ca.   April 14th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

Yesterday while driving on a main road in La Quinta, Ca. I noticed a pigeon, it was hobbling injured, struggling to get to the side of the road. With traffic I couldn't stop, but circled back around, not knowing if bird was already road kill or not. I pulled over, grabbed my 2008 tax return/manila envelop, (which I thought was a great use for taxes) since I had no box and eventually carried the poor injured bird to safety. I was calling the vet & the Living Desert to see if they could help, they were both closed. So, I sat and talked to the injured/in shock bird for a while contemplating what to do. He seemed to listen and and finally became calm. After a while he started blinking, looked up at me and flew off. He circled twice as if to says thanks. ~ That little bird made me realize we are all in this together. Be kind it will make a world of difference.

John   April 14th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

Thank you Doris Day from all of God's creatures big and small...

Lilly   April 14th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

Lisa- not only that he didnt adopt but he said he would, he was going to adopt a 'mutt like me!' to which all his fans giggled and clapped and approved and now he has a purebred dog from a breeder *gasp*

Kathy   April 14th, 2009 2:23 pm ET


Thank you for being a tireless example of compassion and a role model for us all. I admire your values and integrity.

I support various animal welfare groups and try to help where ever I can.

I hope that you are well.

Thank you, Kathy

Jim   April 14th, 2009 2:23 pm ET


Great blog, vital subject! Reading it reminded me of one of your movies, where your character frequently called her own phone during the work day, knowing her dog (Vladimir?) would run all over the house and get much-needed exercise! It was silly, but cute and thoughtful, and showed you cared for your little friend's well-being.

I know people who keep their dogs tied on a chain at a shabby doghouse, 24 hrs/day. Why would anyone do that? What's the purpose of keeping a dog like that? It's completely beyond me.

Fred E.   April 14th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

Ms. Day,

Thank you for all of the joy that you've brought into our lives and sympathy for your own sorrow of losing Terry (he produced some of my favorite records). I love everything that you've done since the days of Les Brown and have a complete collection of all of your records.

However, for all of your brilliant work in the entertainment world, your work as a crusader of anti-cruelty is the most important work that you've undertaken. Terry's memory is honored by the work that you do.

May God grant you many more years of service to the animal kingdom and to mankind. You are truly one of my heroes.

J Williamson   April 14th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

I love Doris Day and salut her wonderful career as an entertainer, and now as an animal rights activist! I understand she recently turned 85 years-young! Happy birthday Miss Day, and may you have many more!

DJ   April 14th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

People need to stop worrying about animals an worry about watching out for the well being of people. Animals this animals that. You put all this energy into protecting animals why dont you put the same effort into protecting our kids or our neighborhoods instead of animals. Im not saying i dont care bout animals, but then there are people starving, losing there homes, people losing there jobs the last thing i'm concerned is whoa that animal is being mistreated. Human rights an well being first.....................

Rod   April 14th, 2009 2:27 pm ET


William   April 14th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

Thank you for all your contributions to making this world a better place. Your dedication to animals and their well being is to be admired.
I have been a fan for many years and adore your music. I met you many years ago in Carmel and it was a wonderful time I treasure always.I know that their have been hard times in your life. but your wonderful optimism and great spiritual faith have sustained you. I truly hope this email finds you in the best of health and GOD bless you Clara.

A fan   April 14th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

I've been aware of Doris Day's work with animals for many years. I just wish it were in the news more often. The abandoned and mistreated animals need everyone's help. I wonder what Ms. Day thinks about the president's "broken promise". He was supposed to adopt a shelter dog and went to a breeder instead. The fact that the dog they bought from the breeder had been returned once before doesn't change the fact that it's a breeded dog, not an abandoned shelter dog. I'm a supporter of the Humane Society but wish I could do more. Let's all do the best we can for these animals, God's creatures just like us!

Dave   April 14th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

Seriously? Really?!!? Since when has an animal become more important than the mode of conveyance that moves a family around? I mean a car, for those who can't figure it out. Since when is that animal more important than the house where babies sleep? Since when should looking out for "Fido" mean more than looking out for dangerous criminals that threaten human life? For those of you on here... Reexamine yourself and return to reality.

Jonathan Fine   April 14th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

I couldn't agree more that we need to look out for the well-being of "dogs, cats, birds and other animals," as Doris says.

I would like to remind people that the "other animals" include the 9 billion livestock animals that are killed every year in the United States. The vast majority of them spend their lives in misery. And yet because we do not identify them as "pets," we don't give them the respect they deserve.

The factory farming of animals must end. Animals are sentient beings and should not be treated simply as economic units. If we learn compassion toward animals, greater peace among people will follow.

Deborah Strautamnn   April 14th, 2009 2:34 pm ET


I cannot believe that I am actually having a chance to have contact with you even if just through e-mail. I have ALWAYS LOVED your movies and when I need to laugh or get a lift, I will just throw one of your movies in and watch it. You could NEVER be replaced.

But the most important thing here is your work with the animals, we cannot thank you enough for all your dedication to these wonderful animals. I just get so upset and sick when I see or hear animals being abused by horrible people.

I have had a dog most of my life, and they just LOVE you unconditionally and most of my friends and neighbors are also dog-lovers! I love all animals except snakes, and always try to watch for any abuse going on. There is just NO EXCUSE for innocent animals to be mis-treated.

God Bless you for all you have done and continue to do with the animals. I see you have MANY FANS here writing to you and I am only one of them, but just know you will always be very "SPECIAL" to us not only for your achievements but for your "Compassion" and your "Big Heart!".

Thank you & we miss you!!
Debbie in Aiken SC

Marcy Wertzberger   April 14th, 2009 2:35 pm ET

I love your blog...thank you. All animals deserve to be loved and cared for. I love, support and even advertise for my shelter but the fact remains Pet stores will sell pets...
To Lisa M and the others who shame Obama for not getting a shelter what? (an BTW I am a Republican) An animal is an animal..Bo is going to a good family...what a cutie he is and what a blessing for little Bo that he is the First Dog! You should all be happy for this little living being!

Catherine Flowers   April 14th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

Dear Doris, thank you for what you do and for bringing this to the attention of CNN's audience. Building awareness for the animals is critical and necessary – they are here for a positive and vital reason, not for abuse, abandoment and inhumane treatment. Children, the elderly and animals seem to get a raw deal on this earth – what is wrong with us all?! Bless your heart and thank you!

Douglas   April 14th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

Bravo Ms. Day!
Thank you for your ongoing support of our dear animal friends.
Thank you also for your incredible contribution to the fabric of our entertainment industry – you truly deserve the title "Super Star!'

Carpe Diem

PS. Are you still in touch with Perry and Pattie Ferguson? We seem to have lost touch since they moved to Carmel Valley.

Maria Kilman   April 14th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Dear Doris,
First of all I want to tell you that I love you very much. I have watched all your movies and still do.

God Bless you over and over again for what you are doing for the animals. I am an animal lover and I just cannot stand to see them being abused in anyway. I hope and pray many have read your letter. God Bless you

Bill   April 14th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

Why didn't that liar of a president get a shelter dog?

Greg Willians   April 14th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Hi Doris, So nice to hear from you. I loved all of your movies and enjoy hearing about you from time to time enjoying your life in California.

I'm hoping you'll do an interview on Larry King, or any venue Even better would be a movie. We miss your company.

I appreciate your concern for animals and already keep an eye out for my neighborhood critters.

brie sansotta   April 14th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

I have been a strong supporter of the Doris Day fund for animals for years! Wonderful woman!

Nikki   April 14th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

My family always said they wished they were one of my dogs...because I love them more than them...which is not true – I do love them all equally as my family. I love outside wild life as well...and treat these animals with repect too. Thank you Doris for sending your message of love...

Argee   April 14th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Re the post by Mrs Brito at 9:56 a.m....What do the Duggar family with their multitude of children have to do with these postings about Prevention of Animal Cruelty month?

Doris, continue speaking about this important subject because how we treat the most vulnerable creatures is an indicator how we treat other people.

zaphod2000   April 14th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Hey DJ. It's people like you who make me love my dog and cats even more. Most people can take are of themselves or they have a voice and can get away from the nightmares thrust upon them on a daily basis. Animals cannot speak and many suffer because nobody cares.
I would rather give my time and money to animals than to most people and I am not ashamed to say so.

Jim Hall   April 14th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

I do not know why everyone has their facts all messed up about the Obama family and their dog Bo. The dog was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy and Bo has been staying with Senator Kennedy and his wife for about 6 weeks so Senator Kennedy and his wife can house train Bo. Bo was given to Senator Kennedy by a friend who would have to give him up for adoption due to a problem. So in reality if Senator Kennedy and his wife would not have taken Bo in he would have been a shelter dog. I think that is remarkable that the Senator and his wife would do this for the Obama family. This has been all over the media on all major networks. The Obama family also gave a very nice donation to the animal shelter in Washington D C. One of their daughters has an allergy problem to dogs and a specific dog had to be picked. Believe me I have allergies to dogs also and have to be careful to what breed I can be around Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri

Ken   April 14th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

Words to live by Doris! You are so right that animals give us everything and ask for only love and attention in return. Thank you for being the person you are acting as the champion for this effort. If I had my way, the laws for animal cruelty would be just as severe as they are for harming another human being. Take care of yourself!

Minkey   April 14th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

Hi Doris! Love you and what you stand for. Thank you for reminding us again to watch out for our precious animals. Have to tell you that years ago I "kidnapped" a neighbor's cat because she was so neglected and abused. We gave her to a family that treated her like the little princess that she was and she is still happily ruling the roost!! I really felt rather bad taking her away from the neighbor (and likely broke the law) but felt it was a "higher calling" to get her out of harms way. Minkey in Oregon :)))

Chris   April 14th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

Lisa M–

You are right that we should all try to adopt shlter animals whenever possible. However, the Obama girls have allergies, which makes it difficult to adopt many of the dogs in shelters. The breed they have is much better for people with dander allegies.

The Obamas gave a large donation to the Animal Rescue League when they decided they couldn't adopt. Everyone should be free to support animal rescues in the ways that work for them–not all people are able to adopt.

It is important to tell the WHOLE STORY in a situation like this–not just one fact among many.

Karen   April 14th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

Everyone in my family knows the drill-In case of an emergency, save the cats first!!! Deep down inside–we're all cats.
We rescued an old black dog that someone had shot. The owner said he was taking care of the dogs needs, but after a few days it was obvious that the owner was just going to let the dog die. My husband took the day off work, dognapped the dog and took her to our vet. Lucille was patched up (both front legs had been shot) and we brought this very large, unknown dog into our house. Of course, a week later we discovered she was also pregnant. Thirteen puppies were born, and because mama dog was still too injured to care for them-we had to bottle feed all 13 every two hours!!!! We did manage to find them all a good home (we kept two ourselves). We couldn't imagine our lives without these pets. Lucille is the most precious, loyal dog I have ever seen. The three dogs, our two cats and our two guinea hens all get along–strangers think it's amazing. If only people could get along like the animals do.
Thank you for all you do for those who can't do for themselves. Our pets are precious parts of our family–they bring us comfort and great joy.

Paulla   April 14th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

Hello Doris,
I am a big fan of yours not only for your beautiful voice, fun movies but for all with wonderful work you do to educate people and to protect animals. This type of education is needed around the world so everyone can understand the importance of animals in our lives. We must take care of those that can not take care of themselves. We must educate society to understand how spaying and neutering saves so many lives and eliminates many forms of cruelty. I have been an active member of the DDAL for many years and help out any way I can. Please continue your hard work and if I can help in other ways, please let me know... thanks so much!!

Mike   April 14th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of animals, Doris. What a fantastic surprise to find you and your words of wisdom here on CNN's web site. It's GREAT to hear from you! Know that you remain loved by millions.

SANDEE   April 14th, 2009 2:46 pm ET

Miss Day thank you for your hard work and dedication to the creatures we share the world with. My dog Ginger (a beautiful golden Cocker Spaniel) is so loved and pampered that sometimes me and my family forget there are so many other wonderful animals who need shelter from the cold, food and medical attention. Please keep up the good job of "Awarenes".

Heidi Robinson   April 14th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

Our animals are far too precious to be ignored or miss treated. Our domestic dogs and cats provide us with so much love and affection and ask nothing in return. Any human being who has an animal just so they can take out their frustrations on them needs to be locked up.
I have said it many times our domestic animals are better than people. All of God's creatures should be treasured and shame on any one person who believes otherwise.
I am in awe of your commitment to the animals Ms Day.

My Saint Bernard Eddi thanks you.

Sarah   April 14th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

In response to Lisa M. at the tops of the comment board, I was also really upset to hear that President Obama and his family chose not to adopt a shelter dog. The sad thing is that, living in the DC area, I have been looking to adopt another dog and there are CURRENTLY numerous hypo-allergenic dogs that are at the Washington Humane Society and the Alexandria and Arlington Animal Welfare League shelters. It would have been a smarter decision to adopt, especially since people around the country that are ignorant to this subject might have taken the time to think about why it makes sense to adopt a dog rather than buy one. I am extremely surprised that at the very least his PR people didn't make it imperative for the family to choose to adopt, although that should not be the reason they do so. . .

bob   April 14th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

why doesn't doris day have a lifetime achievement oscar? she deserves one!

shirley   April 14th, 2009 2:48 pm ET

God Bless Doris Day.

Vivian   April 14th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

One last thing.

Women taking Premarin or thinking of taking Premarin for hormone replacement therapy please read about this drug and how it's made.

Pre=pregnant ma=mares in=urine

this means 100s of 1000's of foals are put down each year to save money and so the mare can be brought back into season with drugs so she can become pregnant immediately again. These mares are totally abused!!!! The foals, slaughtered on day one!

Stop taking this drug...used patches or synthetics!

Dave   April 14th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

Lovely letter from Doris Day. Unfortuantely she failed to mention animals that are far more brutalized than the ones we see tied to chains or kept in small quarters. I'm talking about farm animials, and they are just as intelligent and loving as dogs and cats (which I adopt). We should watch out for them too, if we aren't going to support breeders when there are shelter animals that need adoption then we shouldn't support these factory farms either.

Arthur   April 14th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

Doris Day my favorite actress is so right!! We need to take care of our dogs and cats. They are great friends and they only show you love even when we are in a bad mood. There is nothing like your best friend looking at you for a pat on the head and just a little love. It goes a long way for animals.
Thanks Doris Day for all the great movies and all the great memories!!
God bless you!!

McBaker   April 14th, 2009 2:53 pm ET

Ok, since even this lovely post from Ms. Day has brought out the Obama critics. The dog, a 6 month old puppy, who did not work out with the original family he was with, was a gift from Senator Kennedy to the Obama family. So, you would be happier if President Obama neglected the health of one of his daughters and got a pound puppy? No, you wouldn't. Would you be happier if the Obama family rejected a well meant gift from a respected political elder (who is seriously ill, dying in fact)? No, you wouldn't. So stop trolling these comment areas trying to score points. It's sad, and in no way helpful.

Eric   April 14th, 2009 2:53 pm ET

Yes, that's what we need; more civilians ratting eachother out. Know somebody that you don't like who has a cat that occasionally craps on the floor; rat them out.

Yes, stopping animal cruelty is important. I would say that if you live next to someone who is abusing animals and you can prove it, call the police. But to dedicate an entire neighborhood watch to spy on your neighbors in the name of animal rights or any other well intentioned cause is wrong.

people don't understand that fascism doesn't start with the government rounding people up into camps. It starts with good intentions. Some of the first laws passed by the nazis were anti-smoking laws. It was designed to cast citizen against citizen. Sure Hitler knew smoking was bad and even wrote that it was unhealthy, but it was about control. Hitler didn't care about people's health; he just wanted to get the civilians used to ratting out anybody who didn't go along with the herd.

This is what this is about, too; they are getting us all ready to spy on our nieghbors. You don't need a neighborhood stazi to stop animal cruelty in your neighborhood. You just need the courage to call the police.

If you like the idea of us all spying on eachother in a sick combination of Keeping Up with the Joneses and 1984, then you're part of the problem.

Michele   April 14th, 2009 2:55 pm ET

As a life-long animal lover myself, I could not agree more with Ms. Day about protection and good will toward aninals all over the world. My experience has shown me they are far superior to humanity!

However, I must take this opportunity to voice what has been on my mind for decades.

Regarding Ms. Day's movies, especially those with Rock Hudson, she certainly had no qualms about wearing fur. I've seen her draped almost to the floor in fox and mink, and God only knows what other type of poor, tortured creatures, killed for their nature-given beauty that was given to them, not to her or other humans.

I have never been able to come to terms with this apparent conflict in Ms. Day's convictions.

Steve   April 14th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

I agree with Doris Day's essay about watching out for pets in the neighborhood but would like to caution about taking her message too far. One day in October, 2006, I took my boys on a four-hour trip to a wildlife park and left our dog in the backyard. It was about 15-20 C (60-70F) outside and partly sunny. Our dog was old and suffered from incurable spinal nerve degeneration, so she walked with a pronounced limp when she was on the grass and could not walk at all indoors. (But she was not in pain, according to our vet, so we did not wish to prematurely euthanize her.) To make a long story short, some misguided animal activists kidnapped her from our fenced-in yard while we were gone, allowed her to get severely dehydrated under their care (probably by leaving her indoors on a smooth tile floor with an out-of-reach water bowl) and then a day later dropped her at the humane society and blamed us for her dehydration. We had to pay the animal hospital for rehydrating her ($500). The humane society also demanded that we carry out a bunch of follow-up tests ($400) that basically confirmed what we already knew, namely, that she suffered from nerve degeneration. (The animal control officer's presumption was that we, rather than the vigilantes, were guilty of mistreatment.) In addition, thanks to the vigilantes, our dog was deprived of her medicine for two days. So the message of my story is: first, a pet that appears to be sick is not necessarily being mistreated by its owner, and second, it is advisable to ask a few questions before you decide to kidnap someone else's pet. At least ask if the pet needs to take medicine.

Beth Semke   April 14th, 2009 2:58 pm ET

Maybe you could try again with the animal agency to push for removal of the poor creature from such a horrible owner. Perhaps the neighbor would give you the dog??

I suggest if you can't get help for the dog, perhaps you cut it loose.
Far kinder than where it is "living" now.

May God bless you for your current efforts to feed and shelter the dog.

Beth Semke

chuck   April 14th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

Animal Cops has a show on Animal Planet and one of the cities that they film in is Houston, Texas. If you have watched the show, you know that Houston can be one of the worst places for an animal. Many people in the lower socio-economic status are indifferent to their animals needs and many of these people are in dire need of education in all aspects of animal husbandry and most other topics. Also, different cultures treat animals differently. This is not a racist comment, but a fact of life. Animal cops are also never in wealthy neighborhoods. It doesn't take much driving around in the poorer neighborhoods of Houston to spot an animal in dire need of attention by the proper authorities. The phone number for the Houston Humane Society is 281-830-5945. It takes them several days and sometimes weeks to respond to each call because of the shortage of staff and the great number of calls that they receive from the many Houstonians who are beginning to recognize animal cruelty when they see it and do something about it. Thank goodness for people like Doris Day. If you let a animal receive bad care and don't do something about it, then you are just as guilty as the lowsy pet owner.

Amy   April 14th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

Doris I beleive your cause is noble but I can't help wonder when people will begin to be concerned about children as much as they are concerned to the point of being fanatical about animals. When are we going to have Child Cruelty Month!

Sarah   April 14th, 2009 3:01 pm ET

In response to Matthew Ferran:

If that dog was from a responsible breeder, the breeder would take the dog back if the family did not want to care for the dog and would find it another home. Unlike the millions of dogs each year that end up in shelters with 1 week to live and find a home before they are euthanized. Completely different stories . . .

Judy   April 14th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

Dear Doris Day,
Thank you for all your years of entertainment, we love you so.
But most of all thank you for your dedication to all your hard
work with your animal foundation. And to Betty White for all her
dedication to the safety of animals. I am a huge animal lover
especially dogs and am always looking out for their safety.
There seems to be a lot more abuse going on at this time
in our society. Congress needs to start passing some stricter
laws against animal cruelty and enforce them.
God bless everyone who takes good care of their loved
ones and for looking out for those who are not loved.

Cindy   April 14th, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Just FYI for you uneducated folks out do not have to adopt from a shelter to give a "homeless" dog a home(Although I have adopted many dogs from a shelter). You can adopt from a rescue and still help the homeless. Although rescue dogs do not live in a "shelter" type surrounding they are still homeless. Getting a dog from a rescue is still doing a GREAT service to the homeless population!!!

Nan   April 14th, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Thank you for your blog, Doris. I have appreciated your work with your foundation for many years and you have been a positive inspiration to care for our furry and feathered friends. Thank you for all you have done. We love you!!

deb   April 14th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

Hi Doris. Keep up the great work with animals. I have always admired all of your work with animals. We currently have three cats whom we treat like royalty.

When I was a child (1950s and 60s) many, many people would come up to me and tell me I looked like I could have been your daughter because I looked like the kid version of what it seemed like you would have looked like (if that even makes sense). As a result I've always felt a certain kinship with you and have always admired your beautiful singing voice and wonderful movies. You've brought so much joy to so many people throughout the years and continue to do the same with animals. Good luck and keep up the good work.

Barbara Feldt   April 14th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

Poor Bill – – he must not keep up with the news that Bo was actually rejected by its first owner.... and is 6 months old. As such he would have been in a shelter. Obama is just very smart and that irks folks like Bill!

Ellie Finlay   April 14th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

Well, I do think the Obamas are a special case since one of their children has allergies and a big part of their decision was choosing a dog that would not set off her allergic reactions. That's hard to find in a shelter animal.

Mind you, I really support adoption. All my adult life I've adopted only rescue animals (and I'm 60 now so that's been a while). I have four now – 3 cats and a dog and each one of them had been abandoned and/or abused. I really, really support and promote (with my dollars and advocacy) adopting from shelters. But I also think it's appropriate to cut the Obamas some slack on this one. (And I'm not being political here. I would say the same of Republican presidential family.)

Kate   April 14th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

So fantastic to hear from you, Doris. Your lifelong passion for animal rights is a great inspiration!!!

Pat   April 14th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

Doris, I got a dog, Icy from your Pet Foundation in Carmel, and I had 13 wonderful years with him, thanks to you. He was an Alaskan Malemute, and the greatest friend I ever had. Nice to hear from you, and that you are continuing your fabulous work!
Best Regards,
Pat Burns

Rhino   April 14th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

What I'm more interested in, are the ways we, as observers may perceive as neglect, how we should report it. I live next door to someone who has a dog that has a "running" leash in a small backyard and he starts barking the second they get home after being gone all day from 8-6. I never hear them playing with the dog, he is never walked, though the owner is a coach who bikes and runs himself. When the dog is inside I have once seen him confined to a crate. Everyday is the same. The dog only knows the fenced backyard. Is this abuse or neglect?

James   April 14th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

Isn't it peculiar that we have so much concern for animals being put down at shelters or wild animals' habitat being destroyed by logging and urban growth? Yet we have no concern for unborn babies. Somebody help me makes sense of this...

Clarence   April 14th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

We are with you. Sure wish we could see you in a new movie, or hear you sing again... Smiles

Mindi   April 14th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

Doris, you are a lifesaver to all of our animals. If people would look at a situation and ask themselves "I would not want my babies treated like that" then they should make the call to the authorities and not wonder if they are doing the right thing. God put these creatures on earth and wanted us to love and protect them. I enjoyed your blog on Larry King Live making people aware of the animal abuse in our world. If everyone would help just one animal then we could end the animal abuse which is happening in our country. Love ya, Doris!

Dad   April 14th, 2009 3:07 pm ET

If just a part of the time spent on worrying about animals was directed toward alleviating the suffering of the millions of people barely surviving, we could actually make a difference that mattered.

Nicole - Laval Quebec   April 14th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

Dear Doris,
You have been my idol my whole life (I'm 71).
I know you had a lot of bad times in your life but I hope,in fact I'm sure you had your pets to console you in those moments.
I inherited my daughter's cat when she left to live in Australia
with her Australian husband and believe me it was a big consolation to have this little God's creature to love and be with us in good & bad days and through illnesses. I always
loved dogs and now I'm in love with cats too. Cats and dogs
give you unconditional love and that is precious to have.
Good luck with your organization and you can be sure that
I will report anybody mistreating any animals to the authorities. Good health to you and I'm sure everybody would love to see that beautiful smile of yours on T.V.soon.
Good bless you and your good work for the animals.


Cher   April 14th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

I have never been able to figure out why people have dogs and then put them on a chain in the yard or in a pen and then never pay any attention to them. If you don't want a companion then don't get a dog.

A fan   April 14th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

Barbara Feldt – the dog that Obama has is NOT A SHELTER DOG. He was returned to the breeder who bred him, and countless others, for profit. Just because the first person who bought Bo didn't keep him, doesn't mean he's a shelter dog. Go to your local animal shelter and see what a shelter dog looks like!

Mary Arnette   April 14th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

you were a childhood treat – your movies with Cary Grant and Rock Hudson – some of my most favorite.

I need some advice from the gallery. My neighbors have a young whippet mix. The man of the house has absolutely no patience for this little girl. She routinely finds a way out of the house to run as if she were running for her life. He'll go after her but she just runs that much harder. I coaxed her into my house with my 2 dogs. She trusts me and comes willingly. He knows I know he abuses her with the tone he sends, the hand he raises to spank her and the distain he has for her. His 5 year old daughter thinks it's OK to treat Sugar like this and tap her on the head with a baseball bat! while dragging her up and down stairs on a leash! I'm tempted to dognap her next time she gets out and find her a safe place. I lost sleep over this Saturday night. She's just terrified of this man. HELP! I thought I might offer to take her since she gets along with my girls and they have a new baby. I just don't know if I can handle 3 dogs with my job and travel. I don't want bad blood on my block – it's a great neighborhood. How should this be handled.

Sarah   April 14th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

Barbara, your wrong about that one. This is a pure bred PWD, they are very expensive and this dog most likely came from a responsible breeder. The dog would have been returned to the breeder, they set up those types of contracts from the beginning when they sell their dogs. . .

Mary P.   April 14th, 2009 3:09 pm ET

Hi, Doris,

You are so right. Unfortunately, our society cares little for the most vulnerable, animals and children. So much for our "disposable" culture. I believe in what you do and have been a member of the DDAL for years. Keep it up! It is sad but true that a society's worth is measured by the way it cares for its animals.

P. S. So much for the Bo dog in the White House. Ho-hum!

V. Earlene Taylor   April 14th, 2009 3:09 pm ET

I have been totally in LOVE with Nature and all Critters for 67 years and will continue to do all within my power to care for them. I am animal poor although I really choose to think of it as being animal RICH, I Love them all and my home has always been blessed with birds, horses, dogs and cats as well as all wild creatures who stop by to visit. I share all that I can with them.

I do all I can for all of them and am ever on the alert for for those who abuse these precious lives and have on occasion been threatened, however to no avail by some who would persist in their ways were it not for the laws we have in place and all those people who see to it that they are carried out and I am very happy to be among them.

God bless you Doris Day ! You are a true blessing to this world in so very many ways.

Earlene and Critters

Shirley   April 14th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

Hi Doris. It is great being able to say hello to perhaps the best singer and actress of all times, the most compassionate animal rights advocate, and also an around good person. We all owe you a HUGE thank-you for bringing us so many hours of joy and for all your dedication to animals. I certainly hope you receive The Lifetime Achievement Oscar Award soon. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

Ben Cassara   April 14th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

Dear Doris:
So good to see you on this blog! You have been a favorite of mine since I was a child...all your wonderful films and recordings....but the most AMAZING thing you have done is to make us all aware of the animals in this world! They are a true gift from God and must be cherished and protected. Your celebrity and work has made so many people aware of the kindness and unconditional love animals give us and what we need to give them back in return. I am typing this as my 5 year old Westie, Chandler is on my lap looking on......they are a true joy in each of our lives. Thank you for being YOU!
Best regards
Ben and Chandler (woof)

Sarah   April 14th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

Thank you A fan, geez people just don't get the dog overpopulation problem.

Christin   April 14th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

I understand that financially times are tough for a lot of people and many are losing their homes...what i dont understand is why they would leave their animals behind... Would you leave your children behind???of course not .. their are places you can go to get assistance for food for your animals and shots for your cats& dogs at your local pet store your local veternarian or animal hospital or shelter for ideas or help with your far as President Obama and his family the fact is they are adopting a dog whom was brought back by someone at 6 months old and in todays society unfortuantly a lot of people would not buy a dog that was sold and brought back and considered old ..also so they need a dog thats as hypoallegenic as possible which sometimes is not easy to come by in a spread the love our animals need it too!

Linda   April 14th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Hello Ms. Day,

First let me tell you that I'm glad to see you're still active in this beautiful quest. Recently, our family decide to be a foster family for a future assistance dog for the Mira foundation here in Quebec. The foundation provides dogs to people who are blind or have difficulty to walk, free of charge. We are aminal lovers and you are a source or inspiration to me personally, And I'm glad to pass down this love of animals (I should say love of nature) to my two sons.We wish you a belated birthday and god bless you.

A big fan


Jackie in Dallas   April 14th, 2009 3:13 pm ET

I've always admired Doris Day for her committment to the humane treatment of animals. She and Betty White have been tireless campaigners for those who cannot speak for themselves.

There is a quote, from whom I cannot remember except that it was from the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century, that we are forever responsible for lives of the animals we tame. Whether we as individuals have tamed a wild animal, or we have simply taken on a pet already tamed, we remain responsible for their humane treatment. Even those who have no pets are responsible for humane treatment. Ghandi once said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Right now, this country falls somewhat short in that respect, but people like Doris Day help remind us that while we have a long way to go, we have made progress.

Humane treatment of animals is not a political football for partisan politics. The fact that President Obama was given a dog rather than getting one from a shelter is irrelevant, considering that the Obama family contributed greatly to the ASPCA.

Janel   April 14th, 2009 3:13 pm ET

In light of the economic times we live in, this message is even more important. I'm increasingly hearing stories of animal abuse, including wildlife.

I think it's important to stress the importance of getting involved if you see an animal in need by contacting your local humane society and the police. Don't turn a blind eye!

Thank you Doris Day 🙂 Your work is greatly appreciated.

Mary Stevens   April 14th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Doris– Thank you for all your hard work to help animals. You are my hero too. I think of you often as I drive over the Golden Gate Bridge daily to my home in Marin - Que Sera, Sera!

Cindy B.   April 14th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Ms. Day, you are my hero!! You've done so much for animal rights. I have seven cats, all strays, and they are the loves of my life, and keep me sane. My sister has 22, all strays. It breaks my heart to think of those unfortunate animals being abused. Then people blame the animal and not the idiot who abandoned them in the first place. They do not choose to live outside in the cold.

I hope you can continue your work for many years to come. BTW, Pillow Talk is one of my favorite movies of all time.

KC   April 14th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

Doris, thank you so much for all the work you do protecting animals! Because animal control agencies and the other authorities responsible for enforcing laws that protect animals are so under-funded, it is so important to let everyone know that they must take some responsibility. Everyone, if you see abuse or neglect, you must step in to stop it. As Gandi said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

rbonilla   April 14th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

she does not have anything more important to worry about? sheeze.....what a waste......

J Michael Berryhill   April 14th, 2009 3:18 pm ET

Thank you Doris for your tireless efforts towards the safety and health of our animals! My Mother and I have been a great fans of yours and have seen all of your movies, including your Autobiography on A & E.. Every time I'm in Camel I always think of you!

Here's wising you continued good physical, mental and spiritual health. Thank you again for being such an inspiration to humanity and for all the work you have done through your Animal Foundation!

Kindest Personal Regards,

J Michael Berryhill
San Francisco

Bob - Mississauga , Ontario.   April 14th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

As a long time dog owner, the love, the affection and most of all companionship they give us far out weighs what is asked! Too often I see stories on the news about animal abuse. It is juse awful what people do to animals.
Keep up the good work, you do have a lot of support, even in Canada!

Ironic   April 14th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

I would never get a dog from the shelter. Get off peoples backs. I thought there was the option of choice in this country. Hey were did you guys get your clothes from? Why did you get clothes made in China/etc. not America? Seems to me like you support sweat shops. See the irony?

Cheryl Duran   April 14th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

God bless you and all you do Doris! With you all the way.

Erica A   April 14th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

Lisa M> President Obama did adopt a dog in need.

The dog's previous owners had another dog in the household and the situation escalated to a point the felt he would be better off in another home. The dog’s father lives in my home town and when I read the local buzz on the situation it did at first glance seem that they got the dog from the breeder.

I am disappointed that he didn’t walk into a shelter and adopt one like that. However he researched the breed that would best fit his family’s needs. Goodness knows that the poor dog and everything they do with it will make headlines. Going into a shelter and snatching someone off death row, while ideal IMO, probably would have faced just as much criticism if the dog was old, ugly, or had a history of violence. At least it was technically still “rescued”.

N   April 14th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

People who put animals on the same level or above humans are just as sick as some of the people who abuse animals. Stop treating your dog like he's worth more or more important than somebody's child, because it's not.

Barb   April 14th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

Cindy is right about rescue organizations. As a side note, many rescues pull dogs from kill shelters. I adopted my Husky from Husky House in Bridgewater NJ, she was in a shelter in Virginia ready to get put down. They had one of their members drive all the way to Virginia to rescue her the day she was supposed to die. They brought her all the way back up to Middletown NJ for me. These are a dedicated group of people that do this fostering and transportation. These rescue organizations deserve all the support they can get.

DeAnne   April 14th, 2009 3:24 pm ET

"BOB" is an idiot!

gwuenivere   April 14th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

Animals are NOT property-they are family members, and unless we start passing legislation to provide rights for these family members- they will always be mudered in pounds and tourchured by inhumane monsters with psychopathic tendencies. The laws in this country are wayyyy to leinient and offenders get a slap on the wrist instead of prison time. Don't forget people- if someone will hurt-abuse-kill a poor innocent animal, there is a 100 % chance they will do the same to a child and move up to an adult. (That is a well-known fact)

Animal testing on cats and dogs needs to be stopped immediately and all pounds and sleters need to be truly NON-KILL. Imagine how you would feel of your child wandered off and got lost-ended up in a pound, and they told YOU that it was killed "for space" after 3 days...

How would YOU FEEL?

This IS the animal equivelent of Auchuwitz. Wake up and help do something about it !

Ellie Finlay   April 14th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

Bob (at April 14th, 2009 2:14 pm ET) said:

"Oh sure, let’s invest our time saving abused dogs and cats, whilst we ignore starving children."

Why does it have to be either/or? I give to animal welfare organizations and also to organizations that help humans. Compassion is compassion and reputatable scientific studies have demonstrated that people who abuse children (and grown-ups too) often start out torturing animals. In both there is a failure of empathy.

When we cultivate in ourselves the ability to feel compassion for ANY being who is capable of pain and suffering and terror, we make it more likely that we (AND OUR CHILDREN) will be sensitized enough to take action wherever we see (or hear about) cruelty.

Donna   April 14th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

A year ago I called the animal control officer in our city to look into a case of abuse. A neighbor's dog was left out day and night tied to a dog house no matter what the weather. The dog was never walked, brought inside or loved. The animal control officer did nothing. The dog eventually died. How sad it was to watch this poor dog sit out day after day in all kinds of weather, snow storms, freezing cold and the stupid owners never brought it in. Some people should never have pets.

jona   April 14th, 2009 3:33 pm ET


Doris I spend more money for the wild animals in my yard than I do on just about anything else. On any given day I will have scores fo birds, hummers, rabbits, WIld Ducks, Squirrels and just about every other critter imaginable here in Southern Cal. They are the best friends anyone could have. ALl of my neigbors wonder why there are no animals around.. they're all at my house! It's baby time here too. REally fun..

Don't stay so far out of the limelight D!

Jackie   April 14th, 2009 3:34 pm ET

Thank you Doris, you are quite an inspiration! There are a few posts in here you may want to skip over real quick, just some random idiots........they seem to be everywhere these days. Keep doing what you feel you were called to do. Great Job! Thumbs up!

Nanci   April 14th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

Children and animals are the same. They both deserve to be loved, kept warm, sheltered and fed and never ever hurt or abused. They are both innocent creatures who did not have a choice of being brought into this world. They depend on us to care for them. Their creators or those that choose to bring them into their homes owe them a safe loving life.

A fan   April 14th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

Barb – wonderful story about your rescued dog. My daughter's dog was also about to be KILLED – no nice way to say it – when she was transferred one last time. Thank God. She has brought such love and joy to our lives.

Of course, we should all do as much as we can to help children but there's nothing wrong with helping animals also. Maybe if we each give up one little luxury a week (come on – even in these tough times we all have to admit we spend money on something we don't need) we can make regular donations to help people AND animals.

JV   April 14th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

Don't bring President Obama into his... the dog was a gift from a friend. As long as the dog came from a GOOD breeder who breeds responsibly, then whatever.

-signed a pet owner with all former rescues/shelter pets.

Ellie Finlay   April 14th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

"Irony" says:

"Hey were did you guys get your clothes from? Why did you get clothes made in China/etc. not America? Seems to me like you support sweat shops."

As a matter of fact, I buy my clothes at Good Will as often as I possibly can precisely because I don't want to support sweat shops and exploitative "bottom-line-is-god" corporations. Sure, some of those clotes are made in China too but the money *I* spend on them is not going to the corporations (because they are used) but rather to help the people Good Will serves.

Don't jump to conclusions about people, Irony.

And also: Just because someone isn't PERFECT in terms of making sure his or her money goes to only to completely ethical organizations doesn't mean that whatever amount they ARE able to do doesn't help. When you go toward the North Star in order to head north, you don't actually expect to arrive at the North Star itself. But it does point you in the right direction. Likewise, whatever we do (however small) for the purpose of alleviating suffering and promoting happiness is valuable.

Rob - Houston, Texas   April 14th, 2009 3:39 pm ET

Good Show Doris! Thanks for raising awareness.
Would Love to hear you sing again!

tom   April 14th, 2009 3:39 pm ET

All I hear these days is how the Humane Society is overflowing with dogs and cats that needs good homes yet on the web site for the local facility they listed only two dogs a few weeks ago local. Why would I adopt from them, which I am charged for, when I can find a free dog / cat by looking in the local newspaper?

Ironic   April 14th, 2009 3:39 pm ET

"DeAnne" is an idiot!

petemo   April 14th, 2009 3:39 pm ET

All this hype about dogs ,cats and cruelty but someone can go to WalMart, buy a hunting permit. That person can then kill a wild animal with a screwdriver if they can get close enough. Dogs and cats deplete wildlife. They enjoy rights that wild animals and people never have. Don't believe me go crap in your neighbors yard and then roll over his garbage can. See what happens then.
Go take a hike Doris. You have too much time on your hands and you have nothing more important to worry about...

Susan   April 14th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

Thank you for lending your voice for the millions of animals who can't speak for themselves.

Susan – Port Richey, FL

Bill   April 14th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

Doris I love you. AND I am right with you on the fair treatment of out beloved animals, be it dogs, cats, birds whatever. If you cant or wont take care of them, give them to someone who will. There are so many people who will care properly for them. It is a shame that such tender, loving, caring animals are so badly treated. Thank you Doris for all you do to help these kind and loving companions and for what you have done for all of us who know you and love you from the movies and music. I hope you realize that you are truly loved and cherished through out the world. What a kind person you are. God Bless you with good health and longevity. Bill

Sherry   April 14th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

Thank you Doris Day! Animal abuse sickens me. I love my cat Josie more SO MUCH. She gives me as much love as I give her. She's my little girl.

Lynn   April 14th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

Doris –
Thank you so much for all the work you do for animals. Your tireless commitment should be a model for all who want to make this world a better place. I do not understand anyone who would abuse or neglect any animal. To those people who are witness to any dog that is chained in the yard without adequate food, water, shelter (not to mention companionship, on which these animals rely for true happiness), please report the cruelty to the proper authorities in your town. If one phone call doesn't work, then try again; if that still does not provide results, please do not give up until someone listens. No dog should be chained outside, day after day, subjected to the elements as well as leading a very sad, lonely existence.
I also ask that people extend this commitment to ending animal abuse to the poor animals that are forced to entertain people in circuses. These animals should not be forced to live their entire lives in small cages, "trained" (beaten until they submit) to perform acts to amuse us. They, too, lead extremely sad lives.
The Obamas got a purebred dog that had been returned to the breeder and is now an older puppy. These dogs frequently suffer the same fate as mixed-breed dogs and can end up in shelters. The President and his family need a very specific type of dog due to Malia's allergic reactions. They have also contributed much-needed money to a shelter or organization that provides for shelter animals. PLEASE, EVERYONE, SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR ANIMALS!!
Doris, keep up the good work. I still very much enjoy your movies!

Dean   April 14th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

My wife and I are greatly concerned about all of the burden on shelters as animals' owners face foreclosure. Alas, only the lucky ones are given to shelters, the unlucky ones are abandoned. We have taken two kitties who know that the gravy train has left the station and they are on it.

We do wish we could take more than two kitties but really can't. We try to make up for it by making generous contributions to various local shelters and Trap-Neuter-Release programs for wild kitties as well as MSPCA.

If you can adopt, do so, if not, please help support shelters.

BTW, the Obama dog was a "return" and probably had a doubtful future. Also the Obama girls have allergy problems so selection might have been difficult. Anyway don't argue about one more happy dog!

I recently recalled and heard Doris' "I'll Never Stop Loving You" from the movie "Love Me or Leave Me". It has to be the greatest romantic ballad ever!

Brooke   April 14th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Another way to prevent animal cruelty is to adopt a pet from your local animal shelter! Save a life! Don't breed or buy while shelter pets die!

petemo   April 14th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Oh and if that does not get your neighbors attention walk all over his car starting with the hood

Steven McBride   April 14th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Doris, thanks for all you have done for animals over the years. You, Amanda Blake & many other caring celebrities were pioneers in bringing awareness to animal cruelty & getting laws changed.

I have always had pets (cats, dogs, fish, a rat & even a praying mantis).

I take care of several stray cats in my neighborhood. I have setup a feeding station & are getting them fixed. Phoenix has over 1,000,000 feral cats in the area.

It's so easy for everyone to do their part in watching out for defenseless animals.

Thanks again for all you do, Doris. God bless you and your efforts.

concerned   April 14th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

Doris, you explain how to keep or should I say protect our animals from the elements of weather.
Here in Atlantic City, New Jersey, there is a TNR group that takes cre of 400+ cats living under the boardwalk.
Isn't this animal cruelty?

Bonnie Veronica   April 14th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

I've often told people I want to be Doris Day when I grow up and mostly because of her dedication to animals. I have had many pets but currently have three very loved and spoiled dogs. All dogs want to do is make their owners happy and feel at home in their pack. They love unconditionally when given the chance, they deserve to get love in return. Thank you Doris for your beauty, talent and now your commitment to animals.

Jaimie   April 14th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

How ironic this post appears the day after Obama gets a dog from a breeder instead of a shelter. ..

Keith   April 14th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

Hi Doris
You are one of my favorite actresses. I just saw The Man Who Knew Too Much on TCM last week. I love that movie. I have all 5 seasons of your TV Show on DVD. Thank you for all of your love for animals over the years. I truly admire you.

Marc - Seaside, CA   April 14th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

We have 3 dogs & 2 cats.

Two of the dogs – Boston Terrier & Hairless Chinese Crested – came from reputable breeders and are great companions. The third dog – another Hairless – was produced in a puppy mill in North Carolina. We found him through a rescue society and are very thankful that we did so. In his first year of life, he was neglected and abused. He was purchased to be a "Show Dog" but when it turned out he was not the optimal choice, he was pushed to the side. He has turned out to be a healthy, happy, and often times, funny little dog.

Both cats are also rescues. One I took over for a friend who moved out of the country and could not take him. The other was an abandoned kitten we found in the alley way behind our house in Washington, DC.

The true mark of a society is how they treat those with the least and how they treat their animal companions.

Jane   April 14th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

Hi Doris,
I also grew up in the 50's watching all of your movies. They don't make comedies like they did in the 50's. I also loved Midnight Lace. I am a cat lover. Thank you so much for the work you do helping our defenseless animals. Hope you are in good health.

Julie Bauman   April 14th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

Hi Doris,

Thank you so very much for your blog and for bringing more attention to such an important and often overlooked topic. I am a huge animal lover and have followed your career for many years. I have 5 precious furry feline children of my own and I also foster for a local animal rescue group. I cannot imagine my life without my "kids" as they bring so much joy and unconditional love to my husband and I on a daily basis. There are times when I am ready to throw in the towel with fostering because of the constant horrible stories I hear from others and the never ending supply of stray and unwanted pets that come through my door, but then I look at the faces of the cats that I rescue and know with 100% certainty that I am doing the right thing. Plus, I know that I need them just as much as they need me. Too many times I've heard people comment that they've witnessed a neighbor's dog being chained to a tree or a cat being abused by neighbor kids and they were too afraid to do anything or felt it wasn't worth the time. What they don't understand is that they are the voice for a helpless animal who has no one else to speak for them and they can contact the local authorities and file a report anonymously without repurcusions. It deeply saddens me that there are folks out there that view animals as property or commodoties rather than family members and companions. For those who criticize others about showing compassion and love towards their pets, then shame on them. Do they not realize that how we treat the animals we share this planet with is an indicator of how we treat other humans? Please keep up the wonderful work that you do and thanks again for speaking out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Julie Bauman

Lisa Pace   April 14th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

I, too, am a huge fan of Doris Day. I grew up with her movies and have them on DVD.

My husband and I are animal lovers and have owned 15 cats and now 2 dogs. We had 13 cats at one time for many years, all strays off of the street, some born in the streets or thrown out by their previous owners. Our first dog was an English Setter that I found running loose in our neighborhood on Memorial Day 1995. We tried everything to find his owners in case he was lost but no one claimed him. Bailey crossed the Rainbow Bridge last October after 15 years. He gave us unconditional love and much joy over the years. We are now down to 7 cats, two are 19 years old and still going strong. We recently acquired another English Setter, a 2 year old that we named Neo. He came from a breeder who was going out of business due to illness of the owner. This was a very reputable breeder that was finding homes for the dogs they had left. They had not bred any dogs for several years. While we don't like to fund breeders we felt that this was a rescue of sorts although the dogs were not being abused in any way.

We've rescued many cats over the years and found good homes for them. I have a "network" of girlfriends and we've been lucky enough to find homes for any animal that we come across that needs one.

In reading some of the posts on this blog, thankfully the majority of people get the message that Doris Day is trying to convey. The ones that don't are the reason she has to make such a statement.

The other comment that I would like to make is to the people on this blog who have reported animal abuse to no avail. Keep calling until they get sick of you and finally do something. If the animal is truly in distress, don't feel you have to stop bringing attention to the problem if agencies that are supposed to protect these animals will not help. Call your local TV station, draw attention to the situation and the agency that won't do anything.

My husband and I used to rescue ducks from a man made pond in front of a hotel that we passed by everyday where we worked. They would drain the pond to clean it and the baby ducks could not get out or, worse, they were getting stuck in the pipes that fed the water to the pond. One very hot Friday afternoon when we got off work, the ducks were again stuck in the pond. We finally got fed up enough that we called the local TV station and they put the story on the news. Guess what? The local fire department, after seeing the broadcast, came down and re-filled the pond. Ramps were put in the next week so the baby ducks could climb out of the pond.

Keep coming back to the problem, make noise in a responsible way to make these agencies live up to what they are supposed to do.

Jeff G   April 14th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

Thanks breaks my heart to see how some animals are treated in this country....I have two cats who I treat as though they werre my own children and get very sad to think what would happened to them if they did not get adopted.

Also when is The Academy going to give you a Lifetime Achievement Award already? You are one of our most respected actressess and we all miss not seeing you on the silver screen

Colleen   April 14th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

This is so strange. I love Doris Day movies but never knew much about Doris Day personally..other than she loves animals. So this weekend I saw one of her movies and decided to google her. Then today here's this blog. I think it's a sign of wher e my next donation will go! For the 14 dogs I've had over my lifetime and 2 cats, thank you Doris Day!

Jennifer   April 14th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

Doris, thanks for your message. The need for people to be kind to other living things can never be over emphasized.

As a side point, people who keep bringing up Obama's choice of a dog: STOP. Buying for a RESPONSIBLE breeder – which his Texan PTD breeder IS – owning and showing champion-titled dogs, having contracts for all pups who leave their property, responsibly breeding tested and titled dogs with every intention to look after every puppy that leaves their premises – they are NOT the type of "breeders" responsible for the millions of animals in shelters. I do NOT support puppy mills or back yard breeders but I DO support responsible, ethical breeders who breed for the betterment of a specific breed – Bo's breeders have entered many a dog in MANY dog shows, including Westminster- which shows a true dedication to their breed, more so than MOST other people to their pet dogs!

Barbara   April 14th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

Thank you so much Ms. Day for your blog. Many are so busy to stop and take notice. I have two yorkies. My female was my rock while going through my divorce and I adopted a little male a year ago and he is such a joy also. He was dropped off as a stray, a big guy dropped him off saying "I almost hit him (with my car)". My little guy is 3 pounds and estimated to be between 10 to 15 years old. I can tell he belonged to someone who loved him very much. My guess is they died or went into a home and this good samaritan didnt have the patience.

Thank you again.


Mary   April 14th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

Hello Ms Day,

I am a big fan of your singing, movie and animal rights careers. Whenever my Vet does a health check of my latest little lost soul, I say "Honest, this will be the last dog/cat I take in." Dr. Patty's response is "Sure it will."

Jesus said "You do this for the least of mine, you do so unto me". You live those words and I honor your service for doing so.

All the best!

Ironic   April 14th, 2009 3:56 pm ET


If i'm heading towards the North Star i'm expecting to get to the North Star. My response was in regards to the ignorant and double standards some of these responses are holding. If someone curses me for buying a dog from a breeder than they should be held to every standard for which their actions are deemed respectible in the same cognisant manner. And just because you buy your clothes from goodwill does not mean everyone else does. And as I've supposedly jumped to conclusions about people, you've jumped to a conclusion that i was referring to you. And if everyone can't be PERFECT in where their money goes why does Obama get grief for an animal that comes from someone who's tryinig to earn a living? See the double standard?

Dorothy   April 14th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of animals.

PS. You are my favorite singer of all times! 🙂

Mike   April 14th, 2009 3:58 pm ET

I wonder if Ms. Day is a vegan. It's easy to say you love animals but unless you are willing to love ALL animals regardless of how they taste, you don't truly love love your pets.

mizzou   April 14th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Please, there are so many things going on right now in the world. How about we look out for alcohol abuse, spousal and child abuse? I understand that animals can be abused and that is awful. I just fined it disturbing to know that people will give time and money to these types of organizations when children are starving and dying all over the world, including in your own neighborhoods. My heart goes out to children awaiting adoption because the bureaucracy is too huge and it cost too much for middle class people to afford, not to a dog on a chain in the front yard, this is a little ridiculous. I understand these animals are defenseless, and that is the main battle cry, but so are millions of our own species and that should always be the main focus.

Ellie Finlay   April 14th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

Tom asks:

"Why would I adopt from [The Humane Society], which I am charged for, when I can find a free dog / cat by looking in the local newspaper?"

I assure you, Tom, you are not charged nearly as much as the animal has already cost the society. That animal has been spayed or neutered and given a thorough medical exam, dewormed, vaccinated, and treated for any other medical problem, and fed and housed from the time it was rescued/brought in until you adopt it. Also, the Humane Society does not just turn over a pet to anyone who asks. (i could tell you horror stories about people "adopting" pets to use for bait in training dogs for illegal dog-fighting or to use in inhumane experimentation.) You have to pass muster with the Humane Society and they often do a background check or at least check the person's references. All this takes time and money.

That $75 adoption fee you pay (that's what it is for a cat here in Tulsa) is truly a bargain.

You have no idea what you're getting into in terms of the heath of the animal when you simply answer an ad in the paper.

Anne-Marie Desautels   April 14th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

My deepest appreciation for your time and effort in rendering assistance to and for the animals. You are a couragous human being, one that has my utmost admiration!!! I personally involve myself in doing whatever I can in order to reduce animal suffering. Thank you.

Vivian   April 14th, 2009 4:00 pm ET


Angi   April 14th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

My pets are my children. I would risk my life for them. And I know there are many that would not go that far but that is their choice. I dont condem anyone for not feeling that way and either should 'N'. Anyone who hurts an animal is seriously disturbed and should be put away forever! As for President Obama not adopting a shelter dog-it should not matter to anyone. It is their family dog and 1st Family or not, they have the right to make their own choice-freely! We do live in a country where we are free; are we not? If anyone is going to get a dog, they will get a dog based on what they want to get. I truley do not believe that had the President adopted a shelter dog that millions of people would run out and get a shelter/rescue dog vs a pure breed dog. People have minds of their own and will make whatever choice is good for their family!!

Lisa Brown   April 14th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

I am so happy to hear that it is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month because yesterday, I came upon a dog sitting in the street while I was driving home. I drove around him/her but it was still sitting there in the reflection of my rear-view mirror. I parked in a driveway and ran back to shoo him/her out of the street, saying 'go home." The little pup did go into a nearby driveway and I waited to make sure it stayed there. As I walked back to my car, another car came zooming by and quite likely would have hit the little guy. I hope the puppie stayed in his driveway after I drove away. I wish owners would keep their animals safe and secure, especially when they live on a busy street! My cat is one of my best friends and she is never allowed outside. Thanks to Doris Day for her wonderful years of service to our furry friends!

Carol Johnson   April 14th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

Dear Doris,

I share your love for animals the very same way. You are truly an angel here on earth watching out for ALL the animals. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. We need more people in this world like you that take such an interest in the welfare on our animals.
Your commitment over the years has certainly made it better and I just wanted to say "Thank You" for your work and I know how much a difference you have made to only the best and good health to a wonderful person who I adore.

Dan   April 14th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

Hey Folks. Stop harping about Obama not getting a shelter dog. McCain lost, get over it !

Sharon Hartley   April 14th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Hi Doris, I'm still supporting the cause of our beloved 4 legged friends. This weekend we bought helathy treats for dogs who were abandoned because of forclousure. If everone could buy food, treats, donate money or save their newspapers, this would be helpful. Call your local SPCA and see how you can help. I love you Doris, Sharon

Kat DeVault   April 14th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

Doris, you are such a lovely person. Not only have you given us so much pleasure with your films and music, but you use your love for animals for the good of God's creatures who can't help themselves. You've stayed true to this cause all your life. I admire and respect you for that. We must all be aware and vigilant against cruelty and neglect against animals, and do what we can to improve their lives. And every parent must teach their children to care for and respect animals.

Barb   April 14th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

To "A Fan". Thank you for your response, glad to hear also that your daughter rescued a dog. They do end up being the light of your life if you allow them to be. My pup was the most pathetic looking little pup when I met her. I had just lost my full breed Husky a month before, I loved her with all my heart. She was ten when I lost her suddenly from cancer. I made a donation in her memory to a website called Husky House and Amy Hofer called me and asked me to consider taking a dog. I was so heartbroken, I refused. Then Amy was smart enough to email me a picture of this puppy getting killed in a shelter in Virgina. I was hooked. She looked like a little bag of bones, dirty, pathetic, with the lightest blue eyes I've ever seen. She stole my heart. Her nose looked gigantic, on top of everything else it was pink. A white Husky with a pink nose and blue eyes. I took her because I thought nobody else would want her she was so goofy looking. Six months later she is the most gorgeous girl you could ever imagine. She grew the longest silkiest white hair, and she grew into her nose, now its in preportion to her body (thank heavens). Everyone wants her now. It iritates me sometimes because people will say to me "how could a beautiful dog like that be in a shelter?". Does that mean to say a less beautiful dog should be in a shetler? They all offer unconditional love. It doesn't matter what they look like.

cynthia Smith   April 14th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

Thank-You for the reminder! I not only called the Humane Society last summer after seeing violence against a neighbors dog, but after the third time it came to my back door, I kept it for a week and then brought it to the Humane Society. I insisted I talk to the investigator. The dog was put up for adoption and the original owners had to pay $300.00 to get her back. I was a little afraid of retailiation. There was none. We owe it to all animals and children to stick our necks out.

Gail   April 14th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

I totally agree with Lisa. My fear over the Obama's choice is that this breed will become extraordinarily popular. Like all other popular breeds of dogs, greedy abusive puppy mill owners will start overbreeding these dogs to stock pet stores, and the unfortunate breeder dogs will be horribly abused and suffer years of neglect and then a cruel death. If you don't believe me, look up puppy mills on google. Then pay a visit to your local animal shelter. I am saddened by this and how it will impact the Portuguese Water Dog and the millions of dogs who are euthanized every year simply because no one wants them.

Sheila   April 14th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

Bob: That question is sooo predictable. What have you done for starving children. We want to know.

Ellie Finlay   April 14th, 2009 4:10 pm ET

If you'll notice, Ironic, my very first post on this thread was to defend the Obamas.

Have you ever used the North Star to make sure you're heading north? Did you REALLY expect to get to the North Star? 🙂 Not jolly likely!

It's an ILLUSTRATION, Ironic.

Once again, what I'm pointing out here is the unskillfulness of "all or nothing" thinking. It's just not true that if a person can't do EVERYTHING exactly right that there's then no point in doing anything at all! (In logic, that is called creating a false dichotomy.)

Elizabeth   April 14th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

Our country is judged on how we treat our animals Ghandi

God bless all our furry creature in our world may they be sheltered from harm and evil, and be blessed by loving families and loving animal caretakers. For I strongly feel that those who care for one of God creatures will be blessed and I know I have been !!!!

Twinkie, Chloemarie, Tido and lucky catt I wish all animals were loved as much I love you four.

Thank you for bringing me such great joy and laughter.

Dorothy   April 14th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

Let's go after shelters that inhumanely euthanize animals, not people who choose to adopt/purchase a particular breed.

Let's go after stupid people who do not get their pets spayed/neutered, not people who make a conscience decision to adopt/purchase a particular breed.

Let's get after irresponsible pet owners who let their dogs and cats wander around unsupervised sometimes impregnating others because the stupid pet owners didn't have them 'fixed' soon enough"

Let's get after the puppy mills that keep putting sick, weak puppies in pet stores that stupid, irresponsible people keep buying.

Let's not go after responsible people who purchase a particular breed.
This is a free country where it's citizens have many choices. We don't all have to do, feel the same way. We should respect each other's decisions not 'go after' each other because we don't share the same opinion. Out Vice President and our President made choices for themselves – let's not attack them !

I have purchased and I have rescued. Personally, with small children around, (both the pres and the vp have small children around), I would absolutely deal w/a breeder; knowing the background, history and disposition of the dog is so important.

Thank you, Doris Day, for all you do for our furry friends.

I've purchased particular breeds. I have adopted. I have rescued. It's all good.

Let's all treat the animals of our world well, whether they be pure breeds or mutts. They can all be beautiful.

ks   April 14th, 2009 4:12 pm ET

For anyone who sees a dog chained ALL the time (esp without adequate shelter and food and water), go to

Also, find out if your local animal control is reputable and call them to make a report – it can be anonymous. You are the voice of that animal. They can't unchain themselves and get shelter and food/water themselves.

Hooray Doris. We are responsible for those that are vulnerable to people's idiocy and cruelty – for both humans and animals.

Vivian   April 14th, 2009 4:12 pm ET

Why are people against our president getting a dog from a breeder? Has there ever been a president who got there dog from a shelter? English Scotties have been the most popular dog historically in the White House...where any of them a rescue?

BACK OFF OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stick to the subject of animal cruelty and abuse!!!

I keep reading about in this blog of people knowing dog owners who tie their dogs to a tree for the rest of their lives, all alone, a dog house for shelter in the freezing cold months of winter with a frozen bowl of come these people have dogs? I've seen this with two or three dogs and none of the dogs can even see each other. Or, in worst case they can still breed yet no one takes care of them or the puppies. The police (and this is a repeated blog here) can do nothing about it. WHY? Why are people allowed to neglect an animal. Neglect is abuse.

sue   April 14th, 2009 4:12 pm ET

We always watch out for cats and dogs, we had a dog loose in our neighborhood, we live on a busy.So we got the dog to our yard and called the police, they came to pick him up. We were so worried he would get hit. We watch our neighborhood.

Lewis & Clark   April 14th, 2009 4:12 pm ET

Having traveled to the Oregon coast I can personally tell you grilled dog tastes mighty sweet, much better than salmon.

Matt   April 14th, 2009 4:13 pm ET

I have always been a big fan of Doris Day...

Obama's new dog was just a way of putting a Kennedy back in the White House..

Hollywood Outbreak » Blog Archive » DORIS DAY STILL ADORES ANIMALS   April 14th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

[...] This is my first blog for CNN, and I’m appreciative of the request. I wanted to accept this invitation to ask you for a special favor.artdorisday1The fact that April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month makes it the perfect time to ask for your help with a campaign that means so much to me.My request is that you be a good citizen and keep an eye out for your neighbors’ dogs, cats, birds and other animals to make sure they are being treated humanely. You would not believe how much mail I receive and the terrible stories I hear about dogs chained and left for hours, crying all the time; or cats confined to the smallest spaces and left in the cold, or other tales of dogs, cats and birds that are too shocking to tell to humane and sensitive people. VIA: [...]

Ella Howard   April 14th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

Doris, thank you so much for your awesome work to help animals. You were a wonderful actress back in the fifties, but your second career in helping animals is even greater. Your life has been utterly complete, and I wish you the best of health and happiness for many, many years to come.

Simon   April 14th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

Around 12 years ago, my wife and I decided we wanted to have a dog in our lives. We thought about adopting from a shelter. I asked a co-worker at my job who had a sister who worked ot a local shelter about adoption. She told me that her sister told her that families where both parents work were not considered good homes for their animals because no one would be home for a good part of the day. Rather than go through the disapointment of seeing a dog we would love to adopt, then being turned down, we ended up buying 2 pugs from our local pet sore where I purchase my tropical fish. We have had both Shannie and Kelly for 12 years and they are healthy ,happy and well adjusted dogs and give us much pleasure.

It seems that part of the problem with pet adoption are the shelters themselves. I understand that they don't want to send the animal back to the same situation they came from, but to me thea are thowing out the baby with the bath water. Most families today have both parents working and no one at home for a long time during the day. That doesn't mean they can't supply loving homes for pets. If shelers and their supporters don't want to see animals destroyed, then the have to loosen up there criteria and take a chance on people. Yelling at the Obamas for not adopting a dog is NOT the solution

TJ   April 14th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

Hello, Doris!

Thanks for all you do for the 4 legged creatures in this country. You still have many fans who love and miss you (I am one of them) Hope you are well and happy and keep up the great work!!

K   April 14th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

I agree with the previous post about the irony of Pres. Obama's erroneous decision to not adopt a shelter dog and Doris Day's essay. Doris Day is a glowing example of the use of fame to highlight shelter dogs, and I thank her for her message and what she does for homeless animals everywhere. Pres. Obama has indirectly harmed many shelter animals by not using his fame and example to show a positive experience with a shelter dog. I am extremely disappointed in him. He asks us to spend our money to help the poor and helpless people without jobs, etc ., but he cannot himself help the ultimate helpless being–the homeless dog who completely depends on humans.

anna scott   April 14th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

Thanks Doris – I share your exact sentiments. I would like to make the animal cruelty laws in Mississippi more punishable. I cannot understand how anyone could be so cruel to animals who love so unconditional. Many thanks for all of the hard work you do – keep it up.

street smart   April 14th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

A dogs love is pure. When we are sad or depressed they want to console us. if our life is in danger they will sacrifice their own life to protect ours without question. What more could any of us ask from a friend?

Jason   April 14th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

I'm glad these types of things get exposure. PETA goes too far and makes us balanced animal lovers look like kooks. As a society, we need to protect our environment and our animals. The Lord made us stewards of this Earth and we should have respect for it. I don't treat animals as gods, but I do love and respect all creatures and do not mistreat them. My pets stay indoors. I take care of my pets like they are family, because to us they are. We got our dog from the pound, one of our cats from the vet and the other free from kids giving it away in a box while we were on a local vacation. We spay/neuter and get all shots. Basically, we just love them! I grew up in the South and I still to this day get furious when I see some moron with their dog on a chain or in a tiny cage out in the yard. We should be beyond that type of ignorance in this world. We shouldn't exploit animals no circus or inhumane zoos either.

Susan   April 14th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

Each of us is responsible for caring for the animals we own and to help those animals whose owners are unkind. I cannot stand anyone who does not take care of an animal. Chaining up dogs, depriving food and water, leaving out in the elements, is what the owners of these animals should have done to them. People in jail are treated better than how some treat their pets. Right now our family has 18 dogs and one cat that we are caring for in our home and attached kennel. We converted the garage, insulated, installed air conditioning and heat. Each dog has a comfortable area with food and water and they all rotate into the house 8-10 at a time. They are groomed and shown love everyday. Our family has also taken in resuce dogs that have been mistreated and brought them back to health and trusting people again. People who mistreat animals are also the ones who mistreat children and people. Thank you for bringing the month of April to the attention of people, to help the dogs, cats and others that are treated in an unkind way. Our family is by no means rich, we have the same problems with the economy as others, but our pets are part of our family.

Denise   April 14th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

I tell you some people are real idiots. Instead of blasting Doris for sticking up for animals, why don't you find your calling in life.........helping abused children, helping the homeless.........stop bashing her for her passion-at least she found hers-can't say the same for a lot of these idiotic posts.

As far as Obama-I'm sick of hearing about him and every stupid move he makes.

JP   April 14th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

I am a Wisconsin resident. Since 1999 we have been trying to shut down the large number of puppy mills in this state. The bumpkins that run the state have consistently torn apart the bills. We have had undercover television series done to the shock of the states residents but we are in the same spot we were 10 years ago. Dogs suffer in horrid conditions and even with all the Humane Society and others help, literally nothing has happened, just a lot of blabber. Wisconsin is a backward hell hole for animals. And as an FYI both the Amish and Mennonites run puppy mills all over the country.

Carol Hagy   April 14th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

Hi Doris – I hope you are doing well. Thank you for continuing to be such a great supporter of animal welfare. When my last dog passed away I decided to allow God to bring the next pet into my life and soon after someone dropped off a little puppy (part yellow lab/part terrier) and left her wondering in the neighborhood. I took her in right away and claimed her as my own. Luci is her name. Thanks for all your encouragement and for the wonderful entertainment you've provided all these years. Love ya.

GINGER AKA BEAUTIFUL GIRL   April 14th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

I'm lucky. I have a warm bed I share with my best friend Geena. I hv lots of food that grandma buys me and grampa gives me. Tia gives me lots of Kisses. Thank you Doris for all the love you have for all animals and thanks for looking out for all of them. Cleo the cat thanks you too ! !

Celene   April 14th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

Lisa M.....
I thought that one of the presidents daughters has an allergy.Which would mean that he could not take any dog..It had to be one that his daughter could be around.
I too think it is preferable to adopt from a shelter..
But in this case I am all for cutting him a little slack.
I love animals. And I think children need a pet. I grew up with dogs and have never lived without one in my life.
They are a wonderful thing..And I am glad the presidents daughters can now have one to love too.

Ironic   April 14th, 2009 4:25 pm ET


Now isn't that ironic? Although, you've hit my point, I think you might not have picked up on my jest.

And if not, none-the-less, you've hopefully made my point more understandable to some posters it was directed at.

Linda   April 14th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

I'm so glad to see your message, Doris. We all need to be reminded
it's all the pets, not just our own, that we ideally should keep an eye on. You're so right. We are their voices and alarm systems when other folks don't live up to the care dogs and cats are not cared for humanely.

Food for thought: One pet is wonderful, more is heavenly.
They fill our lives with meainng &- when treated right, they bring out
a special beauty in life.

All – stay well – do good works.

Bill   April 14th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

All good points, but here are a couple more to keep in mind.

The first is that in the minds of some people, a dog that barks one time is a nuisance and an annoyance. Action taken in response to animal abuse complaints need to be reviewed by an objective person. Some people just don't like dogs, and will do anything to try to get them out of the neighborhood.

Also consider that in some states, a dog running loose may be shot on sight by any person at any time for any reason.

These are two examples of attempts to legislate pet ownership that got hijacked by special interest groups. Be careful or before long, it will be illegal to own a pet.

Annabelle Smith   April 14th, 2009 4:31 pm ET

I've always been kind to animals, but I do not put them above people even if Mark Twain believed dogs have a better chance of getting into
heaven than a lot of people have.

Animals have their place and I really enjoy seeing wild life in my yard,
My mother, though, turned against religion because she didn't like the
idea of animals killing and eating other animals. But she was a meat
eater herself. I don't think she ever thought about that.

Barb   April 14th, 2009 4:31 pm ET

Cindy – so sorry about the loss of your pet also, you lost your Angel Boy almost a month to the day I lost my Guinevere. I lost her on May 16th, 2008.

I'm assisting another rescue organization now, and we just adopted out two Doxie puppies, I convinced a friend of mine to take one for her little eight year old daughter. They are in love with the pup. This little dog made their lives whole. They are thrilled to death with their Tibbit.

Kolena Minor   April 14th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

Dear Doris. It was great and refreshing to read your article about the awareness of cruelty to our animals. I have supported your cause since I can remember back in the 1970's maybe? Thank you for voicing a very important subject dear to my heart. I have rescued all of my dogs from shelters, and they have brought so much companionship, love and strength to me in my battle with cancer (3 times). My family and friends were wonderful during these hard times, but I find myself saying that I not only rescued them, but they most definitely rescued me in the fight against cancer.

Love and blessings,

Kolena Minor
Orange, CA.

Scott   April 14th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

What's next for "rights?"

Human-Dog marriage?

linda simeone   April 14th, 2009 4:38 pm ET

God Bless Doris Day and her foundation. I am an ardent animal lover and have been my animal brethen's keeper for years. I have, over the years, adopted 7 cats, all strays who have come to my doorstep. My heart aches for all of the animals who are abused or neglected. Some of my friends think I am "neurotic" when I question that "dog in the yard" or a kitty wondering down the street. Does he have a home? Is he someone's pet who is lost? Do those horses have enough water in their trough? Has that dog been fed today? I am not opposed to ever calling the a ASPCA if I suspect an animal is in trouble. It's not like they can simply walk down to the local supermarket and grab a meal! I most recently rescued a poor rooster, who in the middle of the night and without shelter, found its way to my porch in a rural part of suburban L.A., I heard its mournful crowing, opened my door at 2:30 am and found this poor weathered creature cold , hungry and at the raw mercy of our local coyotes! I snatched it up, immediately placed it in a cat carrier, filled two small bowls with water & crushed up corn chips, put a blanket over the carrier and put him in my bathroom until morning. I asked him please not to "Cock A doodle Do" until at least dawn. By morning, he had thawed out and was looking wonderfully better. I eventually brought him to our local animal shelter where they assured me he would be outplaced to a good farm or ranch! We were put on earth to take care of animals, NOT ABUSE THEM. I would be the first one to go out and rescue any hapless creature in peril. It's the right thing to do. My friends laugh at me, but I can sleep well at night knowing I have saved an animal from a horrible existence!

Janet   April 14th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

Doris, I think you're great and love to watch your old movies. I am a pet lover too, and volunteer and contribute to the local humane shelter where I live. I've noticed that many people in my neighborhood keep large dogs constantly chained, have a dangerous dog chained on a short chain in the front yard, or even constantly keep the dog in the dark garage with only a small opening at the bottom of the garage door. I've reported this to the humane society and unfortunately they do nothing. It's discouraging that when you do report these things, the shelters don't even come and check the situation out.

opeluboy   April 14th, 2009 4:44 pm ET

As someone who has adopted (and spayed, neutered and vaccinated) several stray cats in our rural Big Island neighborhood, I feel that the complaints about the Obamas not selecting a pound animal are unjust. The dog they were given needed a home as well.

Tannim   April 14th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

Doris, while your message may be one of concern for the animals, your associations leave a lot to be desired. The best thing you can do is publicly denounce the animal killers in PETA (96% kill rate in their shelter), as well as their backing of domestic terrorist groups (ALF, ALB, ELF, etc.), and those fundraising do-nothings at HSUS and the animal-nappers at the SPCAs. It is those people that are the biggest threat to humane treatment of pets.

Sorry, but among those who actually raise and rescue animals, and do it responsibly, you aren't very liked at all. You are know by the company you keep, and your company is worse than pond scum.

Nathan   April 14th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

I see how people treat their pit bulls in my town, and it makes me sick. No wonder they have such a bad name.

Animal cruelty is seriously up there with child abuse/molestation as far as how disgusting it is. It should be punishable by prison time not just fines.

James   April 14th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

We adopted a Beagle Retriever mix from Nevada ASPCA in January of this year. She is 6 yrs old and a treasure to our family. We can not imagine our lives with out that angel.

Cindy   April 14th, 2009 4:47 pm ET


Thank you. The loss of my Angel-Boy was almost more than I could bare. Part of my soul went right to heaven with him. However, one of my rescues was from a horrible puppy mill bust on April 14, 2008...2 days after he passed. They had one male red smooth Doxie. He is now my newest angel. They did a lot of horrible things to him but they couls not break his sweet Dachshund spirit!!! He is perfect now! My litte wire-hair girly girl is a rescue from a Tennessee Doxie rescue. She is a perfect little lady now. We had our hands full with her to start with. She was never socialized.

I know your friend's daughter will love her Doxie puppy. I can't imagine my life without a Doxie in it!

I am very sorry about your Guinevere. Maybe she is in doggie heaven playing with my Jean-Luc(my Angel-Boy).

Jill   April 14th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

No dog should ever die chained up in someone's backyard! Neighbors, please be vigilant about checking the animals in your area. Again, if no one listens at first, do not give up. Keep calling. Show up at the town/city hall. A phone call to the local news station is a good way to go, also. It's up to all of us to take care of the animals.

Thank you, Doris!

Kathleen   April 14th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

A ND at a Seattle Naturepathic Accupuncture and Birth Center, told me, concerned about a new mother's drastic change in behavior, (PPD?). She was so angry that her baby woke up, that she hit her barking dog in the head, bruising her knuckles and causing seizures in her dog. The ND told me that when she stops hitting animals and starts hitting people, I should call back. I will never call that ND ever again and will tell everyone not to go there. Appalling isn't it, for all concerned.

Ellen Brantley   April 14th, 2009 4:50 pm ET

Hello Doris!! I have missed hearing from you. I grew up with your movies and watch them in reruns ALL the time. I too am an animal rights activist and a big advocate on spaying and neutering. I blog constantly in my local paper, on my myspace and facebook about the rights and concerns of animals. I am so glad to see you here. I look forward to reading your continuing blogs!! Welcome back!!! I sure have missed not hearing or seeing anything about you in the media lately.

L.Dawne   April 14th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

First of all let me start out by saying the first dog Bo was not bought by the Obama's, he was a GIFT to the children by the Kennedy's. But whether they bought it or not, whether they choose to adopt that is and was their choice, wonderful thing about being a American!! We all should be concerned about animal abuse as well as child abuse, and if we see it happening we should get involved! Hopefully all have such a loving relationship with their families as they do with their pets. Hope your relationship with your grandson Doris has greatly improved and hopefully you two have found each other again.

RJ   April 14th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

What a nice surprise to see your blog – my parents raised me on your movies.

I'm with you, Ms. Day – I have 3 beautiful cats (who drive me insane, who I routinely threaten to put up for adoption but who never believe me or even blink when I do so because they know I'd never part with them). I loathe people who don't take their responsibilities as pet owners seriously.

Keep up the wonderful work!

Rickymo   April 14th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

So sorry about your loss. One of my girls, Dolores was just diagnosed with CHF and while she is responding to treatment it is still scary. A few years back we were also scared as her sister, Estelle had hepatitus. Because of celebritys like you the issue of animals and care gets the attention it deserves. Thank you...

SJLEBLANC   April 14th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

People will continue to abuse other people and animals until they are taught as children the sanctity of life regardless at what level. All you have to do is watch Animal Planet to see the damage and pain; but also the healing and love.

Margie Banks   April 14th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

When my grown children have birthdays (they are all animal lovers), I send them the customary birthday card with a note attached that a donation has been made to the ASPCA in honor of their birthday. The ASPCA will send them a note thanking them.
The organization that I work for took up a collection to send a donation to the ASPCA in memory of our co-workers dog who had been her friend for so many years.

To Doris and all the persons who responded to her BLOG, there is a special place in heaven for those who watch over and care for God's creatures that he has given us.

dawn   April 14th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

I've watched animal cops also, and in my opinion, it just involved a bunch of socialist, liberal, big brother types who stick their noses into other people's business. I saw very little on that show that constituted the owner having their animals taken away. A few, like the episode with the horses, were indeed neglected and needed outside help. But the majority were simply cases that could have been just as easily remedied if the owners were given a helping hand with their beloved pets. Some of the owners were elderly and honestly didn't realize the severity of the situation, or their was really no "situation" to be dealt with.

Lee Anne Shuman, San Francisco   April 14th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to blog about the proper care and protection of our animals. You are the ideal person to represent the little voices of the dogs, cats and other animals who cannot speak for themselves. No one doubts your sincerity and lifelong dedication to this cause and because of that your voice rings strong to those who love animals or need to love them even more.
I've been to your lovely hotel in Carmel and it warms my heart to see all of the dogs so welcomed in your place of business. I can sit in the lounge for hours just watching all of those wonderful animals prance through the door. Thank you for providing such a lovely environment for your special little guests.
Ms. Day, you remind me so much of my departed mother. The resmblance is very close. I hope you live a long and beautiful life. You were also such a loving mother to your son Terry. Thank you for being an important part of our world. We need more Doris Day's!
Lee Anne

Natalie Moore   April 14th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Hi Doris, I wish you a belated Happy Birthday. I am a life-long resident of Cincinnati, Ohio and a life-long fan of yours. I am also very close with the Dugan family from Price Hill. Remember Bill Dugan, the pharmacist.? I, too share your love of animals. I have been the proud pet parent of the two most precious cocker spaniels in the world and the six most precious cats in the world. Having lost my last "child" 18 months ago, I am now planning on getting 2 new fur babies. Thank you for all you do for animals.

Natalie Moore   April 14th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Hi Doris, I wish you a belated Happy Birthday. I am a life-long resident of Cincinnati, Ohio and a life-long fan of yours. I am also very close with the Dugan family from Price Hill. Remember Bill Dugan, the pharmacist.? I, too share your love of animals. I have been the proud pet parent of the two most precious cocker spaniels in the world and the six most precious cats in the world. Having lost my last "child" 18 months ago, I am now planning on getting 2 new fur babies. Thank you for all you do for animals.

Maria MD   April 14th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Thank you Doris for all the work you have done and are doing for animals. As a member of an animal advocate group in Howard County, MD we did a few spay a thons a few years back. I can't remember how many cats and dogs our group spayed and neutered but it felt good to spend a weekend helping these animals.
All thanks to you and your work for their benefit.

Rob   April 14th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

THEY ARE ANIMALS! Quit personifying them.

The day you animal nuts start allowing the animals in the pound to be butchered for food for the welfare suckers instead of just being gassed and tossed, then I might start sticking my nose over my neighbors fence to see how they are treating their pets.... but I am sure you will never allow that, so my neighbor's privacy is secure.

Pat Murphy   April 14th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

Thank you so much for bringing to light a serioius and often overlooked problem. There is no room in a civilized society for child or animal cruelty on any level, and those of us who know that share a responsibility to do whatever we can to help those who cannot help themselves if we ever encounter either. I thank Doris Day for using her celebrity to highlight this need, and wish her the very best in her life. She is one of my all time favorite actresses, and I wish she was still active in the acting community. What a gem she is. Thank you again.

martin francis   April 14th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

i am tired and want to nap

Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA   April 14th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

You are a beautiful person, Doris Day! I have been so hopeful with the victories that we've had in the humane community, but I am devastated that after getting animal lovers' hopes up, our president decided to contribute to the out-of-control killing that goes on all day, every day. I don't think I'll ever get over this, unless a shelter animal is adopted to be a companion to Bo. People like Doris Day give me hope in this cruel world. Humans have an incredibly long way to go to get it right in the treatment of animals.

Russ Carter   April 14th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

I have an adorable Brittany that I keep outside. He has a very comfortable barrel (with cedar shavings) mounted on a pipe that is about 8 inches off the ground. There is a six foot chain that is attached to his collar and a metal ring around the pipe. This allows him more room to run than is found in many kennels. Of course he has high quality feed and fresh water that is always available. I spend about two hours a day playing with him in the house or yard. I also take him for long walks in the woods. He is a great family pet and we all love him. He seems very happy and content. Please don't assume that just because a dog is chained that he is being mistreated.

Cindy   April 14th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Doris, my first Pomeranian was a throwaway dog – I found her out in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota, in the dead of winter (it was 6 below 0). She lived with us for 18 months before passing away from heart disease. I was devastated but a week later her vet gave me a Pom who had led a terrible life. His former captors (I cannot call them owners) kept him in a cage in their backyard with 2 other dogs and fed them nothing but table scraps. When neighbors complained of the incessant barking these people had the dogs' vocal cords removed. When I got Cricket (I named him that because he's such a lovebug), we had to shave him to the skin (even his whiskers were shaved) because of the deplorable condition of his coat. Once shaved, the physical scars became apparent. He's lucky he did not die from some of his wounds! Cricket has been with us for 8 months and has settled in well. There are still some behavioral issues (wouldn't you have some under those circumstances?) but we are dealing with them with love and trust. He comes to work with me every day and is now the "gallery manager" who's job description is "be cute". Because of my experiences with rescue dogs – I WILL NEVER purchase a dog from a pet store or ad in the paper. Thank you so much for your efforts to stop cruelty to those who only know unconditional love.

HEATHER   April 14th, 2009 5:18 pm ET

DORIS DAY YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katiemom   April 14th, 2009 5:18 pm ET

I have been an avid supporter of the San Diego Humane Society and Southland Sheltie Rescue for many years. My sheltie is a rescue dog and the love of my life! Yes, I'm at work during the day – and she is perfectly happy sleeping on the bed with her pile of stuffed animals while I am away. When I get home, she is the center of my universe! I am fortunate to live in an extremely dog-friendly development and would love to adopt another one to keep her company, but the little princess prefers to be the sole monarch of her "kingdom".
Please adopt a shelter dog or contact a breed-specific rescue group if you have a preference! They are wonderful, loving companions. With the increase in animals being given up due to the current economic situation, please support your local shelters – they and the animals need all the help they can get!!

ja   April 14th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

most of you pretend to care so much about animals, you are grossly unfair to many human races, go to your slaughter yards, then to the ghetto

Charlie   April 14th, 2009 5:21 pm ET

President Obama just doesn't look like an animal lover. Neither he or his wife have had pets growing up. I feel they were presured into getting a dog from the press or public. I feel he just should of been honest and said he is not an animal person and gone with that. Mark my words, it will only be a matter of time before the newness wears off with the kids and finally getting their dog. They will soon move on to other things in life leaving the care and raising to the parents in a normal situation. Unfortunately I don't feel the Obama's will want the job and you will see this dog turned back over to the Shelter or Kennedy's. I hope I am wrong and President Obama will become attached to this puppy. He will find a loyal friend and companion who will be with him through thick and thin.

chad   April 14th, 2009 5:23 pm ET

Doris would you please adopt my wife's cat? I contemplate animal abuse every time I find piss stains in and around my house. If your home is already full, is there a DIY guide to removing a cats bladder?. I have a great set of tools and large work bench to perform the procedure.

Pamela   April 14th, 2009 5:23 pm ET

Thank you Doris for speaking out to so many about this. Animals are as equally deserving of good treatment as human beings and they cannot speak out for themselves. We should all keep an eye out and report things if something seems to be wrong. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to know who to call.

Thanks again.

Marty Anderson   April 14th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

Ms. Day, I am so glad that you are a major voice for our animals – all too often no one is heard when it comes to their safety. We have three cats, two are strays that we took in and the other my husband got for me seven years ago at a shelter. My life wouldn't be complete without them.
We watch the horror stories on Animal Planet and are sickened by what humans can do to these loveable animals who do no harm to them. God Bless you for what you have done and for what you continue to do. We sure miss you charming personality and lovely face on the big screen and television. You really must return, you have so many fans out there that would welcome you back with open arms. I know so many people that still chuckle at your movies, good and clean fun – where do you see that now? Disturbing.
Thank you again and keep up the good work. I am going to your web site to see what else I can do to help. Marty Anderson

Judy E.   April 14th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

Doris, You have been a real insiration to my family and to all the students I taught who cared about animal welfare. I have seen the difference these young people have made in the past 40 years, and I know we are going into a new era of caring for our fellow creatures. It is the responsibility of all of us to take care of those who can't speak for themselves, and that level of welfare concern should be present and true for children, the elderly, and all people in every nation, as well as for animals everywhere! Many times, I have been chastized for "helping animals instead of people". I always say, "You must be a really big worker in those areas", and the response is ALWAYS, "Uh, no, I 'm not, but I think it's wrong of you." Yet, all the animal groups I worked with were filled with compassionate young people who also helped special needs children and adults, the elderly, and many, many other groups. Teaching compassion begins, hopefully, at home, and should be present in every community. We thank you, Doris Day, for your selfless dedication to making a real difference in the world!!

Deb Martindale   April 14th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Ms Day, you are a hero! Always loved your acting and singing, but most of all admire your passion and compassion for animals! Thank you for caring and fighting for the "least of those"....
I have 5 cats, 2 dogs.....all rescued! Wouldn't have it any other way.
Blessings to you!

Cj8008   April 14th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I am all for shelter dogs and saving there life. But if I were given a dog as a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy I wouldn't say NO. Come on people it was a gift for haven sakes.

Barbara   April 14th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

I'm with you. My rat terrier was adopted after being rescued from a kill shelter in New Orleans. He was abandoned because he had heartworm. He is now healthy and disease-free and has a loving home.

Linda B - Toronto, ON, Canada   April 14th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

Thank you Doris Day for always supporting and loving the animals so much! Your dedication is wonderful and inspiring. Happy belated birthday wishes to you too!

kitty   April 14th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

People who abuse animals are sick sociopaths...and honestly ppl care about animals and are "unfair to human races" because Humans are not innocent and hurt other humans as well as animals. We are more intelligent then they(animals) are and we should know better...but only psychos would abuse an animal..I would LOVE to catch a person harming an animal..I really think they deserve the same thing in return..>:(

Doris..I admire you very much also we share the same last name:)

Deedee   April 14th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

Doris: So many responses. A lot people your fans; appropriately so. Very wonderful to know so many Americans are kind to animals; all kinds of animals, abused, adopted, etc. It's wonderful to see this. There are some people being accused of adoring their pets and forgetting children being abused, starving, etc. I've always said kindness toward animals is kindness to children; sometimes government agencies who investigate abuse are not doing their job in child agencies. As for animal abuse: I stopped taking Premarin (manufactured in Canada) when I saw the expose on the mares' abuse of forced–pregnancy and that those working for the drug mfgrs of Premarin destroying the foals. What about our wild horses and horse discards being auctioned off for horse meat to feed France, Japan, Germany, etc. for food. Why OUR horses; raise your own! Did anyone ever see the hidden camera in a Chinese marketplace where crates of dogs, cats, etc. are bought for FOOD! Yes, they EAT dogs in China, calling it sweet meat, which the govt had restaurants remove from their menu during the Olympics so foreigners wouldn't notice. Our friend adopts racehorses who've lost their "talent," and lets them graze their lives out on her ranch; also, she takes in the "Premarin discards" on her ranch.
In addition to my lengthy tirade, my daughter who works parttime now, will eventually work with abused horses. These horses themselves, have been abused, are marvelous with autistic and handicapped kids and are considered theraputic for these kids. One of these horses is completely blind and is reverred with its help for the handicapped.

What about little animals who visit the nursery homes where Alzsheimers is prevelent? I met a lovely mini-dachi who was a star in a local nursing home; he wore a special sweater that said, "Therapy" friend.
Sorry for being so lengthy– I hope this is read by someone. Thanks.

Randall   April 14th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

Doris -

Hope you have a chance to read some of the posts here.

Glad to see you're still active with animal protection.

I actually worked for your foundation, raising money for animals, back in the late 1970s. That's how long I've been aware of your great work.

I've also made a point of adopting animals from shelters (especially older cats, who might not otherwise get a home), as well as looking out for the welfare of neighbors' animals.

Good work.

And yes, we need to watch out for those who don't have a voice and can't always take care of themselves.

Judy Baker   April 14th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

I am so glad to see that you are still active in the protection of animals. I am a big fan of your we just watched A Touch of Mink on Saturday. When I went to the library to get movies I am on a waiting list to get The Glass Bottom Boat.

I was fortunate to find a husband who loves animals as much as I do and we are always in the company of our boarder collie and cat.

We keep food out for all the cats in the area and find they come to us when they will not go to others.

Dog is God spelled back ward.

Tobey L. Popstein   April 14th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

My feeling are that you have to start from the begining to have any feelings as to Doris. She is the person that makes everything work. She has a heart that is out of this world. I have never met her but that is about the way I feel about her. She is the kind of women that all parents want their sons to bring home. You can count on her to be up front with you. She loves animals. I would not want to go to battle with Doris over an animal. I would'nt have a reason to anyway. I like animals as long as I don't have to provide the care. I would if necessary for the safety of the animals but I probably would have another animal.
Doris, You have a beautiful summer and just continue to be yourself
Tobey L. Popstein

Deedee   April 14th, 2009 5:58 pm ET

In addition to my comment, it occurred to me that Doris Day, so famous and popular in movies, and who looks so wonderful now, should be interviewed as a guest on the Larry King Show. I think Ms. Day would do so much for this important topic of Abuse Toward Animals, and wouldn't it be logical (hopefully) to extend our kindness to all humans who need some love and attention? There are so many ignorant parents who don't know how to teach their kids: a little kindness goes a long way.
It infuriated me to see a father fishing at a city-owned pond (a large lake) while his 8+ son was throwing rocks at a nesting mallard duck while the male mallard frantically ran back&forth not able to protect his nest. I commented to the idiot-father; his comment was "oh, we eat ducks." I feel there should be a sign protecting government ducks!

Donna - Pickerington, OH   April 14th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

Dear Doris...

Thank you so very much for all you do to protect God's animals. We all need to be more vigilant in today's world and try to protect our pets.

But we also need to look out for our fellow human beings. It is not an easy world we live in right now. I try to speak to anyone who seems to need a kind word.

You are my favorite actress and singer of all time. I will be 69 on May 1st and still love to watch your movies. When you sing "Love Me or Leave Me" it totally blows me away.

You have my respect in your drive to make the world a better place for the animals of the world.

God bless you, Doris.


And from a fellow Buckeye, I can only add "Go Buckeyes".


Lisa   April 14th, 2009 6:01 pm ET

Ms. Day,

I think that it's wonderful that your message is asking us to be responsible citizens, good neighbors, and to take part in making our communities better. Of course this includes helping make sure that our neighbors, their children, as well as their pets have at least the basic care that all living creatures deserve.

As human adults in this country, and regardless of political partisan, religion, race, economic-status, or education, we are accountable to our surrondings. There is no reason we can't be actively aware in our community, decent and civic minded to each other, and responsible care-takers to those that count on us for survival: our children and our animals. It's all of our responsibilty.

Thank you Ms. Day. You are a true lady.

Joan R.   April 14th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

Thank you, Doris Day. If only we all acted on our strong beliefs-through donations, vounteering, writing our Congressmen, pushing the media to cover this issue...or nabbing that chained dog.

It is inane to think that speaking up for children and defending animal rights are mutually exclusive efforts. I also make donations to environmental causes. Oops-didn't know I had to pick. I daresay there will always be more folks out there decrying the plight of needy and abused children than there are speaking up for equally innocent animals.

There is no more vile and worthless a human being than one who mistreats an animal. Our laws and the accompanying punishments should reflect that.

Suzy Johnson   April 14th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Ms. Day,
I have been a fan of yours for a very long time! I still enjoy watching "Pillow Talk".. And of course, I have admired you for your dedication and commitment to animals. We need more people like you in this country. I volunteer with rescue horses and I don't understand how people can be so cruel to these beautiful creatures. Trust me, these wonderful animals get lots of attention and loving from me!

Thank you so much for all that you do for God's little creatures on earth. I know my pets that have left this world are waiting at the rainbows' edge for me when my time comes.
Suzy and Chloe (my beautiful golden retriever/border collie mix)..

Dale Switzer   April 14th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day,

You are a blessing to the wonderful animals that you have yourself , as well as the many thousands that benefit from your caring actions and your animal league. We are happy to belong to the Doris Day Animal Foundation to support all the wonderful things you do. I always loved watching your show Doris Day's Best Friends and seeing you with your adorable dogs.
We have always had our dogs from shelters and all 3 have been wonderful family members......we realize their time is short with us, but we are grateful that they are such a big part of our lives.

Bless you Ms. Day, you have always been my favorite actress, singer and most of all humanitarian.

Linda   April 14th, 2009 6:24 pm ET


I agree with Deedee, Ms Day should be interviewed on Larry King, that would be the biggest show of the year!!!! And a thrill to all of Ms. Day's fans starting with me. Miss seeing her on TV.


Gina B   April 14th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

Ms Day,
I find your hard work and love for animal's over the years fabulous!!!!
It's awful how inhumane many animals are treated by their (so called owners).
I have always felt if you can't love and care for your animals (or members of your family, I would call them), you shouldn't have them.
Only people that love animals should own them. I respect you for what your doing, also Betty White for her love of animals and her outpouring of concern and affection.
I adore you, always have. Your still my favorite movie star, plus I NEVER tire of watching your movies. I own them all.
God Bless, you are one lovely lady.
Gina B.

Patricia   April 14th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Doris, How great that I have a chance to thank you for both your films and your caring nature on behalf of animals. You have been my all time favorite actress and I now know why. You care deeply about animals and so do I. I have always had a dog and except for the last one, they have always come from either a shelter or have been rescued from harm. My dad brought home a dog that was left out on the streets and the dog took a liking to my dad so he brought him home in spite of the fact that we already had a dog. Then he heard that someone who worked with him had a dog that had puppies and was planning to drown the pup because he couldn't find a home for him and again my Dad brought the dog home and we still had the last one he found. They all brought us great joy and we loved them and kept amd took great care of them till they died. Now, However, I am single and at 63, am afraid to take on another dog. I had a friend that was so afraind that no one would care for her dog if she got sick and died. I will never forget her. Thank God her dog past about six months before she did. Thanks for being there for these beautiful animals and thanks for being there for us. Love, a devoted fan, Patricia

Sandy Palazzolo   April 14th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Hi Doris,

I have written to you many times, and you have responded twice. I am an animal lover. Though I admit dogs are my favorite. I have 3 and my sister has 3. They are my family. I can't stand leaving them all alone when I go to work. It breaks my heart.
FYI, I donate as much as I can to help homeless animals. You are the best, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Sandy Palazzolo   April 14th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

If LKL interviewed Doris Day, it would probably be one of his biggest ratings of all time. It would have to be done in California, as Doris hates to fly. I think it is a great idea. I have thought about this for years now, and even emailed into LKL to suggest it, but heard no response. I also think Doris would be comfortable with LK. He would be very respectful. The only other person I think would do a great job too is Barbara Walters.
Larry, are you listening...We want Doris....PLEASE!
So, I too of course agree with DeeDee.

Joan Chiodo   April 14th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

From one animal lover to another, thank you for doing so much for animals that have no one else to speak for them. I've always loved your movies and your singing, so now I have one other thing to love you for. God bless you.

Diane   April 14th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

I agree with Doris; animals deserve the same treatment as we would give a child. And as for the President NOT getting a shelter dog: Shame on you! Now of course that breed will be 'over-bred' because people will want what the President has. Just like when movies come out about a specific breed (101 Dalmations, Marley and Me), then all those cute puppies end up in shelters or worse, when their owners tire of them.

MARGIE RIDGEWAY   April 14th, 2009 8:38 pm ET


Fred   April 14th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Why is it always that when a white woman/man commits such a heinous crime, the issue of insanity is instantly raised or suggested as an obvious option. When its a person of ethnicity they do not get the same consideration?

Fred Maller   April 14th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hi Doris Day!
You are so right about the human race needing and being obligated to look out for all our pet friends. I have three wonderful cats and they are all rescues. each one has some sort of physical ailment that is chronic but not life threatening and it is a joy to just make sure they have as happy a life as possible filled with love and caring and devotion and plenty of good healthy food and care from a very good vet. they give so much and ask for so little. just to be loved. human beings could learn alot about what is really important in life by watching their pets. You are a wonderful woman. talented. caring. concerned and selflessly devoted to the animal kingdom who are so much better off to have are the rest of us! a very happy and healthy belated birthday to you and many many more to come.
we love you
Fred Maller

shary   April 14th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Last night heard Ms. Doris Day was blogging. A few days ago I told my friend that I still miss Doris Day. What a great surprise! I wish Ms. Day will still make her presence known. Last year when she was awarded an Honorary Oscar, I waited up to see her and was disappointed that she wasn't there. I wanted to be just like Doris Day, even though I grew up short, fat and dark brown hair. God Bless You Ms. Day. Growing up poor with a television for our only entertainment, you gave me hope to dream, have imagination and SING!!!!!! Thank you!

Nicki   April 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I totally agree with you. Animals need us. Their time on this earth IS short, and we need to help them as much as we possibly can. People don't care enough for animals. We need to adopt shelter dogs and cats instead of breeding just to get a purebred, The shelter dogs are just as loving and wonderful, and people should see that.
I am only 16 years old and you are my idol. You are such an amazing person. I love your movies and music...they make me so happy. You do so much for animals and so much for the world. I love ya DoDo. 🙂
And happy birthday!!! 🙂
Love, Nicki

Mike DeVita   April 14th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

How wonderful of you, Doris, to remind people of their responsiblities to others...especially to those who cannot help themselves. Your humanitarianism has been a selfless thing for all to see for many years. God sure blessed this Earth when you were put here, not just to love and protect the animals, but to share your love with your legions of fans worldwide (records, movies, tv shows, etc, that will be loved by all for centuries to come). God bless you!
Mike DV

Nicholas J Bailey   April 14th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Hi Doris Ive always been an animal lover Im the proud father of a small dog named d-o-g and five rats crash,rerun,church,possible and hoody I 1st fell in love with you 20yrs ago when I heard about your program I fell into a dream job 13 years ago which was suppose to be just tempory I manage a hotel for dogs in ma. In the past sevenyears we have raised about 200,000 for a program called phinneys friends which helped keep pets with aids patients. But sadley was just cancled this year. Of course we will continue to raise money for the mspca in Boston. Hopefully providing toys and food and of course $ If you have ideas or suggestions in raising $ to help spay and nueter clinics it would be most appreciated. Im 56 y/0 and have just dicovered your films.Its like seeing them for the first time. Well because I am. Please keep up the good work you do. And contact us at the Pooch Palace, Watertown Ma. YOUR AN ANGEL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE Love Nich

susan charnock   April 14th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Dear Doris...............I am 67 now and grew up watching your wonderful movies. To this day when I hear you singing I am amazed at the quality of your voice and the warmth it exudes. It is like honey and cream with a little bit of smoke thrown in. I also admired the wonderful shape you have always been in. As a girl, I always wanted to look like you.
Thank you for your activism in animal rights. I live in Florida but many years ago I stayed at your hotel in Carmel and knowing pets were allowed made my visit that much more enjoyable. You have made a hugh difference in raising the consciousness of how we should treat animals. Thank you, Susan Charnock

michelle   April 14th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

Hello Doris Day,
You're a film icon. You were an inspiration when I was growing up.
I thank you for all your role modeling and your great heart. Like you, I feel a deep regard for animal life. As you urge us to do,I will surely keep an eye out for our community's pets.

My thanks,

Valeria   April 14th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

I can't imagine my life without my pets, I'm from Brazil, living in the States now. Here we adopted 8, four dogs and four cats, all dumped in my neighborhood, saved from a sad end. Animals in general are better than much people around, just check the news for instance.Doris, I just love you, you're a wonderful human being, wish you could be at Larry's show in person. May God Bless you.

Roberta Manzitto-Collings   April 14th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

Your love for our animals and your caring spirit will always be appreciated, and I wish you continued success with your animal rights efforts.

I have learned a lot about animal welfare because of you, and I thank you. My prayers and hopes for your continued success.

I support your cause, and ask others to join in..

Dan Tirman   April 15th, 2009 2:58 am ET

Doris Day, an inspiration in every possible way. No wonder human and non-human animals alike gain such hope and encouragement from this tireless fighter for the humane treatment and understanding of animals. She applies her immense creativity and talents to spread the good word, in philosophy and in practice, that animals are the angels of the world.
Thank you again and again Doris...

Ms. Sudha Khristmukti, India   April 15th, 2009 6:41 am ET

You will be glad to know Doris, that I have raised single-handedly, more than 16 stray dogs from our streets.
I refuse to have Alsatians or Dobberman or any other 'breed' – for they will be loved, even conditionally. It is the ones on our streets, where they are punched, kicked and cruelly treated and crushed under wheels of buses and trucks – that need love and care.
I have a limited single income, and no help whatsoever in feeding them and giving them shots, but I manage out of my savings, and it means no vacations for me.
But I have raised 9 street cats over the years and some rabbits as well. A pet crow and birds and squirrels that come and go when they please. My backyard has lots of water for them in the hot summer, seeds and food spread out.
Keep up your wonderful work Doris – you are a great example for people to follow. Specially people who have money and time and are so indulgent in luxurious lifestyles, but do nothing for creatures around them!

Ms. Sudha Khristmukti,
Gujarat, India

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marti,montserrat   April 16th, 2009 2:14 am ET

Good morning my dear Miss Doris.....I love you very much for everything you are doing....I found a little dove in my garden....I rescue her and I am trying to feed her.....yesterday she started to eat by herself...HURRAY.....

Karen Severino   April 16th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

Ms. Day has paved the way for animal rights nationwide, and as good citizens and loving pet owners, we should all be aware of the cruelty that goes on in our own neighborhoods. Animals do not have a voice, so we have to do it for them.
I applaud Doris Day for being the great humanitarian that she is and changing the country as to how we should treat "man's best friend" as well as trying to curb the overpopulation of animals. In the years that she has worked for her organizations, there have been numerous laws passed that have revolutionized animal shelters and facilities in each state of our country. One day, I hope we will see every state adopt a no kill policy....this is a dream that can happen when we have all helped to control the animal population and become responsible
"parents" to our pets.
Thank you Doris Day for all your hard work and efforts on behalf of all the four leggers and their owners. You have been an inspiration to us all.

Steve in Maryland   April 16th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

Well, hello to you, Ms. Day!

How wonderful to see that you are continuing to be giving of yourself in yet another way via this blog. Like so many have always said, I have scads of shared, pleasant memories with friends and family as we were entertained by your wonderful work.

We are BIG dog-lovers in our household. Although the passing of former pets (family members, truly) has always been heart-breaking, we just cannot exist without a dog, or two. They just give back so much unconditional love to us. Yet sadly, we do so little as a society to make their lives better during their short time on Earth. Stories of animal cruelty, and the UNBELIEVABLE numbers of the millions of animals put-down, murdered really, by shelters who cannot find homes for unwanted pets is disgraceful, and can be reversed!

I am convinced that your dedication, resolve and love, coupled with your notoriety, will continue to improve the fate of our four-legged companions through this life.

With sincere appreciation and regards,

Steve in Maryland   April 16th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

Forgot to check box...sorry.

Peter Flapper   April 16th, 2009 1:47 pm ET

Dear Doris,

Your animal work is The Best. Your devotion to animals is a true gift for all the animals. I hope this blog will help you, and all animal lovers to get through to the animal abusers/killers. The animals need our help. It's a shame that we aren't able to stop this sooner.

Much love,


joaquimaugustoleal   April 16th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

A kiss to you Doris from Western Europe.
I'll keep an eye don't worry

Velda, Montreal   April 16th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

Dear Doris, I'm so glad you started blogging to bring your important message out to people all over the world. Yes, we all have the responsibility to care and look out for the welfare of the animals. By making this world a better place for animals, we also make it a better place for humans.

skye   April 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I love you, Doris Day! I use to dream of one day being like you when I was a kid, watching your movies and admiring how glamorous you were. I dreamed of being like you! Now, I have grown children and, being an animal lover, 4 fur babies, two of which are throw away animals. So happy you are publicly speaking and on such an important subject. Animals, like children, and all vulnerable people, depend on others for their protection and care. Animals are so loving and give their owners so much joy and pure love.
Thanks for helping their cause and sooooo happy to know you are well!

Sharon A. Diehl   April 16th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day,

I know, as you say, that our animal's lives are so short. But they pack so much into their short lives, because they live so totally in the moment! Unlike humans, who are either trailing along baggage from the past – what was; or we are so anxious about what may or may not come to pass-in the future, that we often miss what is right before us! The animals truly live "Que Sera, Sera,Whatever Will Be, Will Be." They are so loyal and so forgiving. We humans can learn so much from these precious creatures, if we will take the time, and make the effort!
I am thoroughly convinced that all living creatures have spirits but, unlike human beings, animals are not required to suffer, for their spirits of a different kind than humans. It is true that all dogs (and cats, etc.) go to Heaven!
Therefore, we humans have a responsibility to exercise our stewarship over these animals, and do all we can to prevent their suffering because of our neglect or abuse.
On the other hand, we humans have spirits that require training and tempering. We are given trials and suffering in this life to first, teach us to be humble and teachable before our Maker; and secondly, our trials give us an opportunity to serve others, and to let others serve us. Like the pedals on a bicycle, one must be "down" for the other to be "up", and the "up" pedal can help the "down" pedal to rise again. The bicycle will go nowhere unless the "up" pedal is willing to be the "down" pedal at least 1/2 of the time!
I am familiar with your feelings about your movie "image", and how it is not really who you are. I do think that an image can be manufactured, but I also believe that the character of an individual can shine through that surface image. In considering the aggregate of your music, movie and television career, I feel that your loving nature is one of your most endearing traits that has shone through the "image".
I listened to a portion of the Magic 63 Birthday Broadcast, for your 85th birthday celebration. There are so many people, literally thousands of people, all over the world who have connected with other of your endearing traits. It was very heartwarming for me to listen in and to hear their sincere expressions of love for you. I too love you, even though we have never met, I love that which shines through! Thank you!

My very sincere regards,
Sharon Diehl

Rachel Rinehimer   April 16th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Dear Doris,
How wonderful to hear from you, and to have an opportunity to thank you for all the happiness you've brought into the lives of so many–both human and non-human! 🙂
My husband and I are the proud "parents" of a dog and two rescued cats–one of which was only about 3 weeks old when we found him in our backyard. You are so right when you say that animals bring such joy into our lives! I can't imagine our lives without our beloved pets.
My husband and I both are "watch-dogs" (no pun intended!) of the neighborhood, and we do not hesitate to make phone calls to the appropriate authorities when we see a child or an animal being neglected or mistreated. We have even fed dogs on the sly, and we always leave food out for the wild cats. This has made some of our neighbors angry with us, but we simply cannot sit by and watch an innocent child or animal being abused!
If we all would just take a moment to look around, we might be surprised at how much we could be of help! And sometimes it takes so little effort to really make a difference.
Thank you again for all you do! Thank you for your beautiful, compassionate heart, and thank you for all the wonderful memories!!!
I hope you are well and happy!
May God bless you richly....
Rachel in Allentown, PA
P.S. I am so happy that most of your movies have now been released on DVD. It's wonderful to be able to "have a little visit" with you every day through your films and music 🙂

潘峰   April 17th, 2009 12:08 am ET

All creatures are the beatiful gifts from god,Everyone should love everything such as ourselves!

Paula   April 17th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Ms. Day, I share your love of animals and have reported people for abuse and neglect. I pray that you will read this e-mail. There is one reason that there are millions of homeless dogs and cats in this country–uncontrolled breeding. A few states are trying to correct this problem. In Rhode Island, for example, they have enacted legislation that "requires guardians to spay or neuter all cats over the age of 6 months unless they pay a hefty price to obtain a breeder's permit for an intact animal." The state provides subsidies "for those who cannot afford to alter their animals." This same law should be enacted for dogs and cats in every state in the nation. The greatest gift you can give homeless animals is a platform in which their voices can be heard. Please contact other animal loving celebrities, such as Bob Barker, and see if we can start a movement in this country to put a stop to the millions of cats and dogs who are euthanized every year because homes cannot be found for them. Please help!

Craig Marquis   April 17th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I agree totally with this blog. With so many factors, including the economy and natural disasters, we often hear of animal neglect, abandonment, and abuse. People leaving their animals behind in moves, elderly no longer being able to care for their pets, it would be nice if, like Doris Day suggested, that we look around for ways to improve the lives of our fellow creatures. Do we have an elderly neighbor that we can look in on, for their sake as well as that of their pets. Often animals chained in the yard knock over their water and food bowls, so its the kind thing to do to be on the look out for what we can do for our four legged neighbors, not only during the prevention of animal cruelty month, but each and every day. I commend Ms. Day on her compassion for animals and for her blog comments.

Craig Marquis   April 17th, 2009 11:44 pm ET


Regarding your comment and Doris Day wearing furs in her films of the 1960s:

We evolve hopefully as humans each and every day. I ate meat when i was younger, upon learning of the cruetly involved in the meat industry as well as the bad it does to ones health, i gave it up!

I believe Doris in 1976 in her autobiography, "Doris Day: Her Own Story", mentioned she had given up wearing furs after learning the cruelty involved, and regretted and apologized for wearing them in her films and owning them personally. Let us all grow in this area! You too, Michelle!

Craig Marquis   April 18th, 2009 12:16 am ET

I don't understand how some of the comments regarding the Obama's choice as a pet has anything to do with Ms. Days' comment regarding the prevention of animal cruelty. She blogged a very nice message during Animal Cruely Prevention Month about being aware citizens in our own neighborhoods regarding ways we can stop animal abuse.

Regarding the Obama familys pet, welcome Bo! I DO understand however the concerns of animal activists regarding choices of pets based on the animal of the moment, ie, dalmations from the 1001 dalmations, bunnys during easter and then abandoned. Popular one day, and often but not always abandoned later. Regarding the later, this is cruelty and vanity! I don't believe Ms. Day was commenting on the presidents choice of a pet, but rather advocating the prevention of cruelty to animals and the option of adopting first from a shelter, rather than buy a pure bred that often comes from puppy mills and then sold as a commodity. I believe they were responsible in searching for a pet that would fit into their lifestyle and health of their children. How often do we hear of animals being left at the shelters because they or their children are allergic to them? Didn't the Obamas show responsibility in this manner in doing research first?
I had hoped for a presidential example in adopting from a shelter or pet rescue as the first option, but it is their choice and I think they made a great and cute choice! Lets hope they have Bo spayed or neutered. Sorry Bo!

marlene ghirardelli   April 18th, 2009 1:17 am ET

Thank You,
I wish there were angles that could let us know of the hidden abuse of our children and animals. I wonder all the time about the puppy I heard kicked or injured down the road a ways. The little children that live in
fear ever day. It makes me so angry how inhumane many people are
today, and in the past.
Thank you for helping, I shall help also.

marti,montserrat   April 18th, 2009 1:31 am ET

Good morning dear are wonderfull.....Montserrat Thabk you

Marianne Dillow   April 18th, 2009 1:59 am ET

Hi Doris,
I have been one of your biggest fans since the 1950's. I admire your acting, singing and your support against cruelty to animals. You are a beautiful person and I am grateful for your care of the little ones who cannot care for themselves. I have had several cats that meant so much to me through the years. If we love them they will love us back. If we don't take care of them, who will ? You are my hero and I am so thrilled to talk with you and I wish you the very best as you have given so much happiness to me through the years. God Bless you Doris !! I wish there were more caring people as you. And a Happy belated birthday to You. :):)

Marianne Dillow
Anna, Illinois

DDiane   April 18th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Thank you for speaking up, we need so many more celebs bringing the much needed attention on this subject of animal cruelty. I strongly believe that anyone who is cruel with an animal can be the
same with a child, and this type of behaviour is questionable.

I am extremely hopeful since I believe more and more individuals are beginning to pay particular attention to animal cruelty.

And by the way I have always been on the look out for animal cruelty issues within my community and will continue to do so!

Keep up the good work!
Kindest regards

K. Nelson   April 18th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

Dear Miss Day,

Finally, I have the chance to say hello to you and thank you for all the pleasure you have given me and others over the years!! I miss your wonderful smile and lilting and wonderful voice. I tried to emulate you when I was younger, taking singing lessons early-on but at 67 have lost my voice and ability to sing a song. I miss that part of my life but other things have filled the space!
Thank you for all the work you have done for our precious little friends.
It is sad to know that there are many out there who are not loved or appreciated and well-taken care of. Your letter has helped raise awareness of this issue and, I'm sure, created more donations to shelters and the Humane Society.
Take good care of yourself and maybe some day, we'll get to see you on your nearby Oakland, CA news channel, which I get all the way up here in Paradise, CA.
Kindest regards.........

Marilyn   April 19th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Dear Doris ~ I most certainly share your passion for the love of animals – those who are just loving family members and those who have suffered at the hands of cruel and inhumane individuals. How could anyone look into the eyes of a dear animal and deny them love and in the same vein, deny them the basic necessities of life. They are our best friends who give so much of themselves and ask for so little in return but acceptance and a friendly hug. Wouldn't it be nice if the whole world would respond in the same manner? Keep up the good work! I applaud you for your diligence and I also applaud you for being the wonderful actress that you are and bringing our love of animals to the forefront of the world's stage. It needs to be recognized and addressed and you are doing a fine job! Thank you and enjoy your day!

Mr. Gary G. Clause   April 19th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Ms. Day,
As a 63 year old single man I take care of 11 cats, 9 of which are Momma and 8 siblings from 2 litters, and 1 adopted stray and 1 neighbors kitten which she could no longer provide safe care. They are all spayed/neutered, in the best of health and care. My cats are kept inside 24/7 with everything they could desire, fresh food and water, clean litter etc. Recently as a result of my out spoken need for a local shelter in my small town of Cottonport, Louisiana, the state broke ground for $118,000.00 shelter, for all abandon, stray animals.
I look forward to its completion, and will be a vocal volunteer once it is staffed by competent licensed professionals. I am a disabled individual living on a fixed income and what little money I do receive I spend totally on my cats and I feel blessed to be able to care for them. Pity there isn't more concerned people who share my purpose in life that cats, dogs, birds, horses, etc. are the basic stability in coping with today's problems. I have a continual clause in my will that will provide for my pets as long as they have life, once I have departed this life on earth. More folks should do the same for their pets to insure that they live out their lives without fear of starvation etc.

Gary G. Clause

Theodore Bailey   April 20th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Dear Doris,

What a wonderful contribution you have made for animal welfare throughout the years! No other person has made so many people (and animals) happy for so many years. I had the good fortune of meeting your son at the Cypress Inn. He was so kind and down to earth. You should be very proud.

It would be so terrific if you would invite Larry to Carmel and have him interview you. I'm sure your appearance would raise awareness and millions of dollars for animal welfare. I really am your biggest fan.

God Bless,

Ted Wilson   April 21st, 2009 3:20 am ET

I feel so strongly about animals that I will often sidetrack my walk to work to follow an animal that looks abandoned. Here in China its common to see beautiful dogs left out on the street after having lived with a family from the time they were a puppy. I have one dog here and 3 back in the USA which I took there several years back from China. I cannot imagine giving up my dog for any reason. Where I go, it goes also. I am glad that you are so devoted to this cause. I wish there were millions more like you. Animals need our protection, especially dogs and cats who are man's loyal friends. Thank you for all you've done and continue to do. I am with ou 100%. Ted Wilson, Hangzhou, China.

Ted Wilson   April 21st, 2009 3:23 am ET

Ms. Day, I know you are not one for going on television or doing interviews, but sometimes its necessary to put a known face on this problem. I do wish you would go on Mr. King's show and talk about this issue and what we all must do to help protect animals. Thank you. Ted Wilson, Hangzhou, China

Patricia Giannascoli   April 21st, 2009 2:09 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day,
I too treasure animals. I have cats whom I love and cherish. They provide me with unconditional love. I greatly admire the work you do for the humane treatment of animals. You are the BEST. You are a treasure. Hope you had a wonderful 85th birthday and many many more. God bless you always.
Love from a lifelong fan,

Patricia Giannascoli   April 21st, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day,

You are a national treasure. I greatly admire your love, concern and all the work you do for the humane treatment of animals. I too love animals and love and treasure my cats. They are my babies. They provide me with unconditional love. I prefer them to human beings.
Hope you had a great birthday and many more.
God bless you.
Love from a lifelong fan,

Ruth   April 21st, 2009 5:48 pm ET

Thanks Doris for doing so much great work for our animals!!! We as humans are the voice for animals. Keep up the wonderful work!!

Marianne Hansen   April 21st, 2009 7:27 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day.,
I have greatly admired your talents and the outstanding work you have done on behalf of animals! I adore my Westie. May you be rewarded for your fine efforts. I have been a fan of yours for many years.
Happiness and best wishes,

Danielle Carvalho   April 22nd, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Dear Doris. I love the animals too, and share your concern on this cause. It's indeed sad the things some animals suffer in the hands of the so called human... I thank you for your work and wish you health and strength to continue fighting. Although I'm far away from you (I live in Brazil) I do everything I can in my town to minor their suffer.

Kisses from your loving fan Danielle

O & C, Germany   April 22nd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

To the guardian angel of animals:

Dear Doris,

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your endless love for-and your tireless work on behalf-of animals!!!
Because of you, the world is a much better place for two-and four leggers!
We are wishing you and your darlings everything good, stay well and God bless you!!!


Claudia & Olaf
with "Bonnie", "Molly" & "Moritz"

"Day by Day, we`re falling more in love with you..."

Gino Mazzarelli   April 27th, 2009 8:29 am ET

Right on Doris.
If we don't take care of them who will?
Thank you for your involvement over the years through your pet foundations and having set up Spay Day USA and now this blog.
I love your for it and may God bless you and keep you forever young.

Gino Mazzarelli
Montreal, Canada

Paula   April 28th, 2009 2:38 am ET

Dear Ms. Day:
Thank you for all the wonderful things that you have done for animals over the years. I share your love for animals and believe that anyone who abuses them is a monster. Sadly, there is one type of cruelty that no one wants to talk about: the three to four million dogs and cats that are euthanized every year because they are not lucky enough to find homes. I cry as I think about the millions of dogs who are wagging their tails as they are led to their deaths, and the millions of cats who are purring as they are euthanized.

It breaks my heart to talk about this problem, but we cannot continue to ignore it. As I mentioned in earlier comments, Rhode Island has enacted legislation to try to address this problem with regard to cats. The greatest gift you can give the millions of homeless dogs and cats in this country is a platform in which their voices can be heard. I know that you have retired from public life, but you must know many celebrities who would be willing to take on this cause. I am sure that there are thousands of animal lovers out there who, like me, would do everything in their power to help find a solution to this problem. Is there anyone with access to the media who is willing to help? Thank you.

Bernice   April 28th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

I got my beagle from a family that had her outside for 3 years due to kids allergies, now she is in my bed.

nellie   April 28th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I firmly believe in watching out for animals as have always been an advocate in the neighborhood where I live. Truthfully, will tell you I keep my eyes and ears open for animal injustices as without people caring for what happens to animals where we live, what are we on this earth for except to care for those who can't care for themselves. Think it is time our world wakes up to care about the injustices in our world and make a stand to change what is so unjusticely not noticed. Yea for watching out for the animals where you live and call and be a voice for them as who else do animals have, except humans to care? Thank you Doris Day for your crusade and let us all join in and CARE for animals. Thanks again. Nellie

Nadine Shrewsbury   May 1st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Doris, You are one of my very favorites. I've always enjoyed your
movies and music. You are one terrific lady in every way and
most of all we appreciate all you do for all animals. My husband and
I support your DDAL and other good organizations that help animals
all over our country and the world. All of our dogs and cats have
always come from abandoned, neglected and rescued situations.
Thank you so much for what you do for animals. And I know God
blesses you. Love to you, Nadine

alexandre from brasil   May 7th, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Lady Doris, you ´re so right! I have seen so many animal abuse
througout my life tha t i know what you mean. r,Great actress and singer, you had class and i miss you dearly. All the best for you!

Frank from DC   May 7th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

What a great surprise to see you on the CNN site. I have been a big fan and hope that you are well. You are quite an inspiration with your good deeds, and philosophies on life. Thanks for all you do, and for the wonderful moments on film that you have given. You are truly a treasure.
the best always

Liz from NC   May 8th, 2009 1:55 am ET

Doris, So glad to see you on the CNN site. We appreciate everything you do! Animals are so precious and we sure love our lil beagle! You are also a great actress and singer! Many blessings to you kind lady!

Anita Wills   May 13th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I cannot believe we are hearing from Doris Day. She was one of my favorite actresses when I was a child. You go girl!

carol gillette   May 15th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

Ms. Doris Day, I've been reading some of the blogs sent to you, but couldn't finish,there were too many and here I thought I was your only true fan!!! I hope you realize what an impact you made on us. You made me laugh, cry, smile, and warmed my heart in each movie or song you sang. You're probably tired of hearing it but your a one-of-a-kind. How special !!! I watch all your movies. You'll never be forgotten!!!As far as our furry friends. I'm always there to help when needed. I have a stray friend who comes around for food. I give her rich can food and milk. She won't drink water? I think I've spoiled her. God gave us all that he created to take care of. Why are people so blind and heartless to those around us, I'll never know? Thanks for all that you do!! Hope and pray you are in good health and will be here doing what you do for a very long time. Love,Peace and Happiness, CAROL from sacramento.

JOANN PLACE   May 21st, 2009 3:39 pm ET

thank God for you Doris, I just love pets.

Alethia   June 4th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Thank you, Doris Day! I am a proponent of the humane treatment of animals and especially love cats. I used to have a tabby and am a bit partial toward all tabbies. Yes, people are luckily becoming more and more aware of humane treatment, and thanks to your efforts, Doris, it has become a duty to look out for the welfare of all animals.

By the way, I have always been a big fan of yours. Since I was a kid I particularly adored your singing. My favorite song of yours, Doris?


Linda Kunau   June 11th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Hello Doris Day!

I'm so happy to be saying that! I am so proud of all you have done with your foundation. I have enjoyed so many dogs throughout my life, especially toy or miniature poodles. I will always be watching out for the safety of our beloved pets. They've meant so much to me too.

I'd just like to say also that you've been my most favorite actress all my life. I'm 62 years old and still remember vividly how much I adored you and all your movies ever since I first went to a movie. You are the best actress I've ever known and singer too. I actually have eight of your 78 rpm records. Songs like Mister Tap Toe, Let it Ring, A Woman's Touch, If That Doesn't Do It etc. Also many albums after that. I have a collection of your movies and just recently watched Calamity Jane again. Wonderful! One of my favorite movies also was Move Over Darling. I loved it and have it too.

I've always wanted to write you in Carmel. I think a letter was returned to me, but now I can let you know how much you've meant to me to be able to enjoy your movies etc. You are such an absolute wonderful person. I know!, even though I don't know you. I wish I could meet you in person, but I know that's probably impossible.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your son. I also lost a beautiful, intelligent and outgoing daughter of 22 years old. She loved life and making people laugh. It was really a tragedy in how she died. I'll miss her forever every day, as I know you do for Terry also. Keep up your strength and the great work you're doing with your foundation.

I'm happy you are enjoying life in beautiful Carmel. I was there once briefly and live in Colorado.

Thank you for making my life so happy. I've been appreicative to have been born when I was so I was able to enjoy your movies and songs. You're the best actress ever. I love you and wish you continued good health and life's best.


Wanda Hewer   July 31st, 2009 2:49 pm ET

Doris ,
how right you are . I live in a mobile home park and see stray cats all the time. I have a rescue dog named Emma , My little poodle Killer died last year and i contiplated on getting another one . I was so lonely that i went ahead and took Emma. she is a love and very patient with my grandchildren. thank you for all you do for the animals, and for getting the word out . I am watching at this moment for animals in distress as our weather has been in the 100s+very hot for oregon . My dog stays in the house with me by the air conditioner.

Love you Do Do

Karen Severino   August 1st, 2009 8:08 pm ET

And God gave the four legged creatures Doris Day, and it was a good thing for all of us, even the two legged ones. What an inspiration you have been through the years with your strength and determination to always do good for those who can't speak. You are an amazing woman Doris Day, and don't ever forget that...that is why fans like me feel so blessed to have you as a part of their world. As for this fan, I am overwhelmed at having the privilege to have known you. Keep up the great work you do and know how much you are loved for it, always and always.

Estelle Nelson   June 7th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

Dear Ms. Day: I know from the media and from mailings I have received from your organization how much you love animals and that is why I think you would be quite interested in a situation that happened to me and my dog Lady who died in Marach 2009, a 16 year old Cocker Spaniel. I buried her at our local Houston Humane Society, what to me would be my last act of love to her, to give her a beautiful place to rest for all eternity. What occurred during the next year can be described as nothing short of a nightmare for me and for my Lady, something she never deserved. Please google Estelle Nelson/Lady/Houston Humane Society and go to the link to see the article that was written in the Houston Press March 8 2010 by Craig Malisow. Thank you for all you do for animals. Estelle Nelson

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