Dorothy “Louise” Shirey
Dorothy “Louise” Shirey was born on January 18, 1926 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to Charles and Alice Eichner. As a teenager she lived in Los Angeles until moving to Coronado in 1986.
She passed away peacefully on June 25, 2014 surrounded by loving friends at the UCSD Medical Center. Her sudden death has left all of those who knew her deeply bereft.
Louise was best known in Coronado for her dedication to, caring for and finding homes for displaced and homeless animals. This passion gave birth to PAWS of Coronado – the Pacific Animal Welfare Society of Coronado. It was also the foundation for Louise’s campaign to have the Coronado Animal Care Facility (ACF) built.
Louise was the driving force behind the partnership with the City of Coronado and PAWS in the planning, design and building of the ACF. She was a common fixture at Coronado City Council meetings leading a “sea” of yellow shirts lobbying and speaking to all who would support her mission. In 2010, after seven years of hard work and under her leadership, the vision for a new facility was realized with the opening of the current Coronado Animal Care Facility on First Street.
Up until the very day of her demise, Louise was dedicated to the animals. She was often seen training new dog walkers, walking dogs herself, bringing animal supplies to the facility and doing all she could to insure that every orphaned animal found a good permanent home.
A Celebration of Life was held for for Louise on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at the Coronado Bayside Grill at the Coronado Golf Course.