People from all over the world donated money and gifts to local animal shelters and animal welfare organizations in honor of the late TV legend Betty White who would have turned 100 years old on Monday.
With the #BettyWhiteChallenge on social media, people were encouraged to donate $5 to their favorite animal charity in honor of the birthday of The Golden Girls star.
“The world was looking for a way to recognize her legacy, and they started a hashtag called the #BettyWhiteChallenge,” Jessica Miller from Winnipeg Humane Society told American news station Global News.
“She was obviously a huge animal lover and advocate, and she donated thousands of dollars and her time to all kinds of animal advocacy and organizations all over the world,” Miller said.
After her death on December 31, animal welfare organizations and shelters saw a peak in donations. White was a big animal welfare advocate, and her supporters donated to pay tribute to her.
In 2011, White published the book ‘Betty&Friends: My Life at the Zoo’ where she talks about her experiences with different animals.
Besides money, people also donated blankets, food and toys to shelters. Animal welfare organizations also saw a rise in new donors.
I’m pretty speechless crew. Yesterday this incredible community joined together to honor Betty White. In doing so you all raised more than $20k for our little sanctuary. There aren’t words for how thankful we are.❤️❤️🐮🐖 #BettyWhiteChallenge #BettyWhite #thankyouforbeingafriend pic.twitter.com/uM0FNangrk— M_Crouton (@m_crouton) January 18, 2022
We have been inundated with donations in honor of Betty White. We want to say thanks to all of our supporters who donated in her memory yesterday whether it be online or dropping off donations.— SPCA St.John’s (@SPCAStJohns) January 18, 2022
What a way to commemorate the life of such a beautiful person🧡#BettyWhiteChallenge pic.twitter.com/kF41iLo8o5
Thank you all so much for your overwhelming support! We cannot express enough how honored we are to receive donations in Betty White’s name for what would have been her 100th birthday. Once again, THANK YOU! #animalfriendsofthevalleys #adoptdontshop #BettyWhiteChallenge pic.twitter.com/zIiYGWURG5— Animal Friends of the Valleys (@AFVpets) January 18, 2022
YOU DID IT. 👍— GerdasEquineRescue (@GerdasEquineRes) January 18, 2022
The recent donations for #BettyWhiteChallenge enabled us to pull these 3 from the kill pen. Two Arabians and an older Molly Mule.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you. 🥰 pic.twitter.com/HXelsH5zzd
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