Early counts show nearly half a million dollars was donated to a handful of animal shelters across British Columbia on what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday.
White died on December 31, 2021, just 17 days shy of turning 100. The actor was a television mainstay for over 60 years and in the days following his death, images of the former Golden Girl star hugging puppies spread across the internet as the #BettyWhiteChallenge took root.
Heartwarming memes filled those same pages with a promise to choose a local animal shelter and donate $5 in its name.
The BC SPCA reported a one-day win of more than $400,000 as fans showed their love.
“This incredible tribute to Betty White will make a huge difference for animals,” the organization said on its Facebook page.
In the wake of that love, the BC SPCA plans to honor him in a special way.
“We reached out to Betty’s team to let her know what an incredible impact she has had on the animals of BC. They were thrilled and knew she would be too. We also asked if we could make a shirt Special Limited Edition Betty… and they said yes!
The BC SPCA’s relatively small arm, the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center in Metchosin, was overwhelmed with its total of more than $6,000 in one day.
The Victoria Humane Society reported over $40,000 donated that day.
“Betty White was an angel among humans and animals while she was here, and it’s pretty obvious that her animal rescue legacy will continue thanks to your donations. We all can’t thank you all enough,” said the company on its Facebook page.
Smaller organizations such as the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders did not disclose the funds raised, but still took to social media to appreciate the late big actor:
“Thank you all for your generous donations to celebrate Betty White. It’s quite an amazing feeling in your life when the world thinks 99 years isn’t enough. Peace, Love, Rescue.
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