PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — Monday marks the 100th birthday of the late Betty White. She died at her Los Angeles home on December 31 after suffering a stroke.
In her honor, animal welfare organizations across the country and locally are participating in the #Bettywhitechallenge to help animals.
“When Betty White sadly passed away, it really spurred on this community of people committed to animal welfare and health,” said Sam Ellingson of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
Just days after her death, #Bettywhitechallenge went viral, encouraging people to donate locally to help animal welfare, a cause very important to the late actress and comedian.
The Village Ice Cream Factory in southwest Portland is celebrating its anniversary by donating 20% of its sales to the Oregon Dog Rescue. They also introduced a “Rose Nyland” ice cream flavor, in honor of her role on the hit television series, The Golden Girls.
The Oregon Humane Society is hosting “100 Dogs for 100 Birthdays” in honor of the late actress and comedian.
“We had a social campaign; we had a litter of puppies and named them Betty White and Blanche and a few others after the Golden Girls. We encouraged people to donate to the Oregon Humane Society,” says Laura Klink, Oregon Humane Society.
The OHS should raise $5,000 to care for 100 animals. They’ve raised over 3,000 # so far. Precision Images, a local print shop, will match that $3,000. The Southwest Washington Humane Society has also jumped on the social media trend to help their pets get the care they need.
“They are going to help us pay the bills, feed the dogs, feed the cats. Take care of all the animals that are with us. Give shelter to stray animals, provide medical care to animals in need. It’s going to help us do everything we do every day. These are the types of challenges that make a huge difference for us,” says Ellingson.
Small or large donation, every dollar counts.
“I think she would be really thrilled that her legacy would inspire so many people to help animals today,” Klink says.
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