Our Purpose

docwalks4animals.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity whose mission is to support wildlife and environmental conservation projects.


About our Beneficiary Organization:

California Wildlife Center takes responsibility for the protection of native wildlife through rehabilitation, education, and conservation. It is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native California species, who otherwise would be left to suffer from the effects of human encroachment, habitat destruction and environmental damage.

You can still help the animals at the California Wildlife Center!! See here about donating for food:

About Dr. Monica and DocWalks4Animals

Monica Metzdorf is a Pediatric Urologist in Los Angeles. She is passionate about her work and devotes her time to helping make the lives of children better. Her young patients call her “Dr. Monica”.

When the COVID Pandemic started, Dr. Monica, like many of us, was feeling overwhelmed by the daily deluge of “Bad News” and was reminded of something “Scoop” Nisker used to say:

“If you don’t like the news … go out and make some of your own!”

Wes (“Scoop”) Nisker – radio commentator on the San Francisco radio station KSAN in the late 60’s and 70’s, and later on KFOG.


The COVID19 crisis and the resulting plight of the zoos gave her an idea to raise money for zoo and aquarium animals affected by the lockdowns: In May 2020, she set out on a solo walk across Southern California. She walked from the Los Angeles Zoo to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach then on to the San Diego Safari Park in Escondido – a distance of 129. 1 miles!
You can find out more about the “The Walk that Started it All” here.

Her campaign dubbed “docwalks4animals” was a great success and has inspired the founding of this official nonprofit organization to continue her mission of raising awareness and funds for wildlife and environmental conservation projects. 

Since founding the non-profit organization “DocWalks4Animals.org” Dr. Monica has continued to raise money for wildlife and conservation in a new way: by combining her passion for animals and her passion for golf!

In 2021, DocWalks4Animals held its Inaugural golf tournament a Chevy Chase Country Club.  It was a great event, with fun golf, great food and wonderful silent auction items. That event raised $30,000 for local wildlife programs.

Last year, in September 2022, two LPGA Champions participated in the 2nd Annual DocWalks4Animals Golf Tournament which was held at Brookside Golf Course, near the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA!

September 2022: Ilhee Lee and Mo Martin participated in DocWalks4Animals’ 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Mo Martin, 2014 Women’s British Open Champion, and Ilhee Lee, 2013 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Champion, led the field of 72 golfers in the Second Annual DocWalks4Animals Golf Tournament at Brookside Golf Club.  These LPGA Champions put on a clinic for the foursomes fortunate enough to win an opportunity to play nine holes with them. Ilhee and Mo demonstrated the skills that made them champions.

Click the button below for more photos and information on these DocWalks4Animals Charity Golf Tournament Campaigns:

DocWalks4Animals would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our
Golf Tournament Planning Committee:

  • Betty Anderson
  • Dave Carlburg
  • Margaret Evans
  • Helen Hollman
  • Margie Hughes
  • Alice McCann
  • Bill Metzdorf
  • Sandy Panduro

Our charity golf tournaments would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of these amazing people!

We’d also like to thank the incredible members of the LA Foothill Cities Chapter of the LPGA Amateurs who helped make the tournament great success through their hard work, participation, volunteerism, and financial support.

And last, but certainly not least, we want to thank
all of our donors and participating golfers!

DocWalks4Animals is an official 501c3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

We are still collecting donations to help wildlife and conservation projects: Will you help?

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