Doris Day Animal Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Doris Day Animal Foundation funds a variety of animal and wildlife work. 

IP TAKE: A modest grantor, the foundation's animal welfare grantmaking occurs through the perspective of animals’ relationships with humans. Most grantees have long relationships with the foundation. 

PROFILE: The Doris Day Animal Foundation, established in 1978 by legendary actor and singer Doris Day, seeks “to help animals and the people who love them.” The foundation's animal welfare-related grantmaking focuses more on domestic animals than those found in the wild. 

The foundation takes a broad approach to grantmaking and assists 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 Equine 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.

Grant are modest and rarely exceed $5,000; however, grant amounts vary. Past grantees include the Nebraska Humane Society for special needs animals; The Pet Fund for “pet owner costs;” and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center for rescued seals and sea animals.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation has an open application process, with traditional LOI letters accepted quarterly.


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