Animal nonprofits across the country are expecting a big round of donations this coming Monday as part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge.
The late Betty White, who died on December 31 at the age of 99, was a tireless animal advocate, even creating her town’s television show “The Pet Set”, which aired from 1971 to 1972, where celebrities brought their animals and were discussing pets. wildlife care, ecology and preservation.
While it’s unclear who started the movement on social media, celebrities such as Kristen Johnston and George Takei have shown their support for the challenge in honor of White’s longtime animal advocacy.
Animal welfare charities and pet shelters are also gearing up for Monday, which would have been White’s 100th birthday. The idea is to donate $5 to a local animal organization in White’s name. The variations of the chart have been shared over 200,000 times on different social platforms.
According to American Humane, the nation’s first national humanitarian organization, Betty White supported the organization for 70 years, longer than any other supporter in the organization’s history.
“We have seen such an increase in donations, all due to Betty White,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO and President of American Humane, on hello america. “Betty White would smile from heaven thinking of the Betty White Challenge on her birthday.”
A member of American Humane wrote that White has volunteered with the organization for decades, serving on its board of directors and even acting as a judge and presenter for the televised “American Humane Hero Dog Awards.” the organization. His long-standing commitment to the organization is one of the reasons they awarded him the National Humanitarian Medal in 2012, the highest honor within the nonprofit organization.
“I’ve had many conversations with Betty about animal welfare, and I know she’s looking down from the sky and really smiling,” Ganzert told the AP.
White even set up the Betty White Wildlife Fund in 2010, which provided $1 million to animal rescue and rehabilitation centers during Australia’s wildfires in 2020.
People previously reported that at one point White’s family had 26 dogs and when she was younger she dreamed of being a ranger.
Joanne Yohannan, senior vice president of the North Shore Animal League American in Port Washington, New York, also told the AP that they are dedicating the next 100 animal rescues to White in honor of her birthday.
Holly Sizemore, chief mission officer of the Best Friends Animal Society, told the Associated press that the #BettyWhiteChallenge raised over $25,000.
“What an incredible opportunity to honor Betty White’s legacy – to come together as a nation and celebrate something that she was so passionate about, her love for animals,” Sizemore said.
She said she hopes there will be even more donations on Monday.