The Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity based in the United States of America. It was founded in 1978 as the Doris Day Pet Foundation by Hollywood icon, Doris Day, with a straightforward mission that continues to this day: to help animals and the people who love them.
A life-long animal lover and advocate, Doris recognised that the animal welfare community in the 1970s was a sorely lacking landscape, and that through her own organisation and celebrity status she could make a difference for the animals.
To complement the Doris Day Pet Foundation, Doris formed the Doris Day Animal League in 1987, a national non-profit citizens’ lobbying organization, whose overriding mission is to reduce the pain and suffering of non-human animals through legislative initiatives, education and programs to develop and enforce statutes and regulations protecting animals. In 1995, Doris and DDAL founded Spay Day USA. Now known as World Spay Day and under the auspices of the Humane Society of the United States, this annual event has reached global proportions and has helped spay and neuter more than 1.5 million animals in the first 15 years since inception. In 2007, the Doris Day Animal League merged with the Humane Society of the United States for an even greater legislative voice in Washington.
The Doris Day Pet Foundation has evolved into the Doris Day Animal Foundation, whose efforts have become even more far-reaching. With Doris’ continued hands-on involvement, DDAF has become a grant-giving organization, funding other nonprofit 501(c)(3) causes across the country that share DDAF’s mission of helping animals and the people who love them. In addition to assisting numerous organizations with various programs, such as spay/neuter, veterinary expenses, seniors programs, pet food pantries, wildlife rehabilitation and educational resources, some of DDAF’s “legacy” project funding includes World Spay Day, the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center (located at Cleveland Amory’s Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas), the Duffy Day Life Saving Program (giving a second chance to older and injured animals that may otherwise face euthanasia), the Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and many others.
In 2013, the Doris Day Animal Foundation embarks on its 35th Anniversary year. We encourage anyone who loves our four-legged friends as much as we do to please visit the DDAF now online to donate and support their work: