Fans celebrate Betty White’s birthday with animal welfare donations

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A birthday card paying tribute to beloved actress Betty White. Inside was a check.

Brittany Williams, the association’s marketing director, said the “Happy Birthday Betty White” card was the cutest thing she had ever seen.

Columbus Humane – like so many other animal welfare organizations across Ohio and the country – is feeling a surge of love and an influx of donations through the #BettyWhiteChallenge, a social media campaign to honor the legacy of the actress – best known for her roles in the television comedies “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” – who was a fierce protector of animals.

White left this world too soon to take advantage of the wishes that would have come from all over the world for celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on Monday, but this challenge of giving is just one way his legions of fans always honor him in the most endearing and meaningful way.

the #BettyWhiteChallenge has spread like wildfire, with fans asking everyone to donate $ 5 to a local animal shelter or shelter of their choice. This is because White – who passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 31 in her California home – was a longtime champion of all creatures big and small, a dedicated ambassador for animal shelters and rescues, and an advocate for animal welfare and rights.

Williams said hundreds of dollars in donations had already poured in, even before White’s official birthday. (Through donate on the organization’s website, people may refer to it as a “tribute gift”, this is how they may follow it.)

“It’s amazing how many people in Columbus loved Betty White and love animals,” Williams said.

It’s the same story in Marysville, where about 25% of donations mailed this week were from names of donors unknown to the Union County Humane Society, said Tracey Freeland, the organization’s community outreach manager. Many come with heartfelt handwritten notes, she said.

The humanitarian company, located at 16540 County Home Road in Marysville, is planning a celebration Monday in honor of the late actress and comedian. Anyone who stops between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. can remember and have a cupcake.

“If we don’t get any donations from people stopping by that day, it won’t matter to us,” Freeland said. “Betty White was an exceptional human. She cared about everything and everyone else. It didn’t matter how old the person you spoke to – they knew who Betty White was. She spanned all these generations and us. loved her all. “

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If you would like to donate, here are a few options locally:

Human columbus

Franklin County Dog Reception and Adoption Center

CHA animal shelter

Columbus Dog Connection

Union County Humane Society

Cozy cat adoption center

Ohio Domestic Rabbit Rescue

Madeline Bernstein, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was close to White and worked with her for decades in her animal welfare campaign. Bernstein told USA TODAY that White was the real deal.

“She didn’t address animal welfare issues when it became more fashionable to do so,” she said. “She’s been like this ever since, well, she’d say since birth.”

It was far from just the dogs and cats that White loved. They were wild animals, farm animals, and zoo animals, and she consistently supported conservation efforts. She was also a longtime supporter of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and its former director, Jack Hanna.

The entrance to the Heart of Africa exhibit at the zoo was named Betty White Way in honor of the actress and her contributions to animal conservation. In 2014, White joined Hanna to officially open the Heart of Africa zone.

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