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What role does the DDAF play in the protection of the great apes
through the Chimpanzee Collaboratory?
DD: The Chimpanzee Collaboratory is a
unique assemblage of animal welfare workers, attorneys, scientists,
and public policy experts working together to improve the welfare
and upgrade the legal status of great apes. The Doris Day Animal
Foundation is one of the initial members of the Collaboratory.
ANC: You generously lend your name and
efforts to many causes, such as the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act. What specifically interested you in this Prevention
DD: Because these living legacies of
America's historic past are predominantly regarded as companion
animals in our society, we felt that the public would share our
outrage that they should be slaughtered for human consumption.
In addition, because of a horse's unique physiology, a slaughter
process that was developed for cattle often results in far greater
suffering for these animals.
our four-legged readers, what kind of cookies does the Cypress Inn
serve its canine guests?
DD: The Cypress Inn serves a variety of
dog cookies. In addition to a vegetarian cookie, we also serve
different flavors of gourmet dog treats from Barkaroo Bakery.
ANC: Do more dogs like to sleep on the
bed on the inviting spread they are given, or do they opt to bunch
it up on the floor for a snooze?
DD: Different dogs seem to like things
their own way. If a pet guardian brings along the dog's own bed,
that's usually where the dog will sleep. When pet blankets are
provided by the Cypress Inn, about seventy percent of the dogs will
sleep on the floor with the pet blanket provided for them, while the
rest will sleep on the bed with the pet blanket.
ANC: Since the Inn has greeted each pet
as a welcomed guest, what is the most outrageous response received
only really outrageous story that has happened at the Cypress Inn is
from one year, around Christmas time, when we had a guest who wasn't
aware of our pet-friendly policy. Much to her surprise, we had about
twenty-seven pets in-house for the holidays. The guest was so moved
by the sight of so many happy animals with their guardians that she
made a five-hour round-trip back to her home in San Francisco to
pick up her cat and join in on the fun.
ANC: What are your plans for the future?
DD: My work with the non-profit
organizations and my own companion animals is more than a full-time
job. I'm having a great time, with lots of work ahead to help the
four-leggers and all the people who care for them. That's my future.
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