There comes a time when it dawns on a person that marriage is not going to work for them. It is a sad revelation because almost everyone is indoctrinated into believing that marriage is the gateway to happiness and a good life.
When you have had four marriages, three of which lasted under five years and some of which were allegedly violent, you can end up trying something different. In the case of Doris Day she turned to animals for companionship.
It was more than companionship. Doris Day has a great love of animals. I think she prefers dogs. However she has helped many cats and her World Spay Day initiative has neutered and spayed 6,388 cats since 2008. Ms Day’s charitable foundation has donated $385,000 to HSUS for neutering services since 2008. Over 15 years this initiative has spayed and neutered 1.5 million animals.
One of the cat charities her foundation has made a grant to is cat adoption center in shopping Mall, called Tabbytown.
Doris Day is 91 at the date of this post (28th Oct 2013) and reclusive. We are told that she used to have a house full of dogs but only two or three now for safety reasons. She has a few aches and pains as is to be expected at 91. However, Doris Day says in an audio message on her website that she is fine and has not given away her dogs. She blames the tabloids for lying about her. She sounds fine and talks about the success of her World Spay Day operation.
Doris Day’s animal charity is the world famous: Doris Day Animal Foundation. Personally, I have always been a bit of a fan of Doris Day for both her voice and her love of animals.
I would expect that older people are more likely to give up on marriage having tried it, done it and got the T-shirt. Actually, it isn’t just about marriage, it is about cohabiting.
There has been a 73% increase in divorce rates for men over 60 in the UK since 19912. The figures for women are similar. Three reasons are suggested by the government:
- We are living longer
- Loss of stigma in getting divorced
- Women are more independent financially
Perhaps another reason is that it can be better living alone with a cat than with someone you are constantly arguing with.
- Note: Picture is almost certainly in the public domain.