Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund
The Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will help transform the lives of domestic violence victims and their pets, and extend the legacy of this extraordinary woman.
This generous $80,000 gift, to be furnished over two years, will provide support to the Alliance's Helping Pets and People in Crisis program, allowing NYC families to seek refuge from domestic violence without having to leave their animals behind. The fund will help the Alliance pay for pet vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, and short-term boarding while families seek safety from abuse, ensuring that their pets can flee to safety as well.
Donate now, and help us double the size of this fund and its ability to help victims of domestic violence save their pets.
About Marion Dougherty
Marion Dougherty was a well-known and greatly beloved casting director who was a victim of domestic violence. She cast some of Hollywood's biggest stars in their earliest roles, including Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and Warren Beatty, and suggested Carroll O'Connor for the role of Archie Bunker in the legendary television show, All in the Family. Marion died in 2011 at the age of 88. A 2013 HBO documentary called Casting By features Marion as one of Hollywood's most influential casting directors, and premiered on HBO on August 5, 2013.
According to Margaret Whitton, a long-time friend who is president of Tashtego Films and Co-Executive Producer of Casting By, Marion lived a paradox. "By day she was the queen of casting, a powerhouse in film, changing the culture and transforming lives with her uncanny eye for discovering talent. By night, she lived a nightmare. At age 50, after 20 years of abuse, she couldn't bear it any longer and ran for her life, leaving behind her beloved cats to almost certain cruelty. She successfully reinvented herself in California, becoming even more esteemed in her profession. But until the effects of repeated concussions and Alzheimer's took her magnificent memory away, she remained haunted by those animals she had to leave behind. There were other cats and two rescued dogs — one would remain her steadfast companion until the end — but she never forgot the pets she was forced to abandon."
Marion's legacy of changing lives won't end with her passing. Please donate…because no one should have to make that choice.