Star Trek Actor DeForest Kelley’s Memorial Fund Helps Pets in Need

DeForestAlthough he passed away in 1999, actor DeForest Kelley– who starred as Chief Medical Officer Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the classic sci-fi series Star Trek— left a legacy of love for animals that today is helping to heal the lives of homeless dogs and cats.

Offscreen the TV star (who was a proud pet parent to a menagerie of four-legged family members including a Lhasa Apso dubbed Fancy and a Miniature Schnauzer mix called Cheers), was a long-time supporter of North Shore Animal League America, which has just reinstated the DeForest and Carolyn Kelley Memorial Fund at the urging of Kelley’s fans.

Contributions to the fund will benefit North Shore Animal League America’s pet health center, mobile adoption units, daily shelter operations and will help to save the lives of animals who have been victims of abuse, rescued from puppy mills and in need of a safe haven during emergency situations.

Fans can show their support for the paws cause by sending a check to North Shore Animal League America at 16 Lewyt Street, Port Washington, New York 11050, attention Jill Burkhardt, VP, Major Gifts, or by using the animal welfare charity’s online form.

The largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world, North Shore Animal League America has saved the lives of more than 1,000,000 companion animals since its founding in 1944.

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About Grace Sydney

Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.