Fans donate to animal welfare organizations in honor of Betty White

Betty White smiling in a turquoise dress
Betty White at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in 2010, file photo: Reuters / Phil McCarten

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.


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