MURCHISON, Texas (KLTV) - Hollywood icon Doris Day may have made her living by starring in films like Pillow Talk and Calamity Jane, but she will no doubt be remembered in one East Texas town for her passion for animal welfare.
Day’s legacy lives on in Murchison, where a horse rescue and adoption center was opened in her name in 2011. The Doris Day Equine Center’s opening was made possible thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The center resides inside the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.
“Our founder Cleveland Amory was an author and animal advocate," says ranch director Noelle Almrud. "He was very good friends with Doris day, they always wanted to do a project together.”
Over the years, abandoned, neglected, or displaced horses have found a home there. The equine center includes an education center, stables, a staging facility, and a horse playground. The Doris Day Animal Foundation has continued to support the facility in recent years.
“The animals that have come here over the years have been rescued from cruelty and neglect," says Almrud. "They had no other place to go and probably would have been euthanized if we wouldn’t have been able to step in.”
While those at the ranch said they’re sad to hear of Day’s passing, they also said the animals she helped at the ranch were living proof of her continuous impact.
To make a donation or schedule a tour visit the Fund for Animals website.