• Joan Fontaine Leaves Lasting Legacy for Animals

    The SPCA for Monterey County is deeply grateful to Joan Fontaine for leaving a compassionate lasting legacy for animals in need.

    During the next few months, Christie’s will be auctioning items from the California home of Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, including her 1941 Oscar for best actress. The 104 lots of fine art, silver, lighting, furniture and jewelry will benefit the local, independent SPCA for Monterey County, a nonprofit organization close to Miss Fontaine’s heart and where she adopted her three dogs Kita, Fang IV, and Samantha.

    Fontaine died on December 15, 2013, at her home in Carmel.

    “Thanks to Miss Fontaine’s planning and compassionate legacy, animals rescued by the SPCA will receive love, healing, and placement in the lifelong homes they deserve,” says SPCA Executive Director Gary Tiscornia. “This generous donation and the publicity it generates will help thousands of animals and inspire others to donate, adopt, volunteer, and learn more about the SPCA. We are truly grateful for Miss Fontaine’s kindness to the animals of Monterey County and for compassionately sharing the mission of the SPCA.”

    “Joan had deep compassion for animals,” says SPCA Board President Sherrie McCullough. “She adopted her three beloved dogs from the SPCA and was incredibly supportive of our work to rescue injured, homeless, and abused pets. We hope her caring example inspires others to consider the SPCA in their estate plans. You can trust that the SPCA for Monterey County will use her donation, and all donations, wisely to make a deep, lasting, positive impact for our community’s pets.”

    “Joan loved her animals and they always came first in her life,” says Susan Pfeiffer, Miss Fontaine’s assistant and now a trustee of her estate. “They gave her unconditional love and in her later years, her dogs adopted from the SPCA were her constant companions. She was as devoted to them as they were to her. Joan was not afraid of dying as she believed she would be reunited with all of her beloved pets that pass before her.” Susan is now caring for Miss Fontaine’s adopted SPCA dogs Fang IV and Samantha.

    Miss Fontaine’s bequest will fund the many Animal Care and Adoption Center improvements made to assure that animals rescued by the SPCA receive the best standard of care possible before they find their new, forever homes. In a fitting tribute, the SPCA is dedicating an adoption wing of the new SPCA Adoption Center to Joan Fontaine’s memory. It is estimated that the auction could bring as much as $1 million.

    To view the auction items, please visit www.christies.com/calendar/. To learn more about the SPCA for Monterey County and how you can donate, adopt, or volunteer, please visit www.SPCAmc.org. To share your memories of Miss Fontaine, please visit www.SPCAmc.org/joan-fontaine.

    The SPCA for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization.  They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 16, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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