Doris Day has always been admired as one of the kindest and most genuine people around. She has done so much good for dogs. This email from her foundation demonstrates that like many organisations, they allow red tape to simply deny responsibility for dogs who are quite desperate for help. They have effectively passed the buck. They are not unable to act of course as everyone makes choices in life. They simply opted not to assist Romanian Dogs in an Emergency.
Dear Dr. Pal,
The Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) thanks you for note regarding the stray dogs of Romania. We have seen earlier emails on conditions there and are appalled at the treatment these animals receive.
As a 501c3 grant-giving organization, however, there are considerable legal obstacles to making grants internationally and to lobbying efforts of any type. Because of these restrictions, DDAF has always left the press relations and legislative activities of Doris Day's mission to our sister foundation, the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL).
In 2006 the League became associated with The Humane Society of the U.S. and the Humane Society International (HSI). DDAL, HSUS, and HSI are active in animal welfare around the world. And, in fact, HSI has a program dedicated solely to street dogs and may already have active in their rescue efforts there. As you probably know, IFAW is also a strong influence in worldwide animal rescue, and we would encourage you to contact any of these these groups for assistance.
We hope you can appreciate our position, and thank you again for caring.
DDAF Support Team
DORIS DAY ANIMAL FOUNDATION.