Animal programs

Doris Day’s animal charity honors late star with fundraiser

LOS ANGELES — Doris Day’s 100th birthday is being recognized with a social media fundraiser honoring her passion for animals.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation, a charity that supports animal welfare programs nationwide, is asking “animal lovers” around the world to donate and celebrate her legacy.

The foundation announced a goal of $100,000 in donations, which it said it would match with funds to benefit war-affected animals in Ukraine.

Day, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 3, 1922, started the nonprofit group, originally known as the Doris Day Pet Foundation, in 1978. She died in May 2019 at age 97. .

A singer and actor best known for 1950s romantic comedies including “Pillow Talk” and “Lover Come Back,” Day also starred in dramas including Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

In a statement, the foundation asked people to post photos and videos with the hashtag #DorisDay100 that show how Doris’ “legacy and enduring passion for animal welfare” lives on.

A video compilation of celebrity tributes to Day’s animal advocacy includes a newly recorded message from Kaley Cuoco, who is set to star as Day in a limited series. Among those featured in the video is Betty White, another prominent animal welfare advocate, who died last December.