HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Betty White fans across the nation are coming together to mourn her passing and help their local communities in the #BettyWhiteChallenge. White died on New Year’s Eve at age 99.
She was a philanthropist, particularly when it came to animal rights causes. She donated her time and resources to American Humane, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Other causes included the Endangered Wolf Center and BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center.
Animal rights groups, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), paid tribute to White this week, praising her tireless commitment to animal welfare.
Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) asked the community to consider donating to the shelter to honor the beloved actress’ memory.
“Whenever you have a publicly revered figure like Betty White lending her time to those causes, it really underscores our mission of providing care and finding loving homes for our animals,” said Dr. Karen Sheppard, director of HAS. “We are blessed with a giving community, but we can never have too many volunteers or enough supplies.”
Dr. Sheppard said right now they are very full with surrenderd animals, getting 20 in less than one single day. By comparison, they usually get eight to nine dogs per day.
“[Donations] all go towards helping homeless dogs find homes,” she said. “Its a way for people to participate in helping us every day. To move the animals out, we do have to have fosters or adopters, but another way people can show us they care — and boy do they — is donating and volunteering.”
Huntsville Animal Services has a nonprofit foundation for anyone wanting to donate money or supplies. Visit their website to learn more.
They also accept donations at the services building at 4950 Triana Blvd SW in Huntsville.