PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s not just Betty White’s work that lives on, her advocacy for animals too. In fact, a new challenge inspired by her is sweeping the internet and it has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of many animals.
White will always be known for her award-winning comedic talent, but many didn’t realize how much of an animal lover and activist she was. The Betty White Challenge hopes to honor this part of its heritage.
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There is a frenzy of Betty White social media fans aiming to help local animal shelters. The timeless comic actress would have turned 100 on January 17. In honor of her lifelong love of animals, fans are urging people to donate $ 5 to shelters in celebration of what would have been her milestone birthday.
“She actually had pets that people couldn’t care for during the Great Depression,” said Gillian Kocher, director of public relations and marketing for the Pennsylvania SPCA, “which I just said. learn, who knew? Until Hurricane Katrina, she helped evacuate animals.
The Pennsylvania SPCA is excited about the Betty White challenge. With shelters in Philadelphia at or near full capacity, they’re hoping people will not only donate money, but also adopt a pet in need of a home.
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“I think this challenge will help so many shelters,” Kocher said. “For the Pennsylvania SPCA, in particular, we run entirely on donations. So we don’t receive any funding from the city, state, or federal government, so we rely on donors like the ones we hope to see in the Betty White Challenge.
The PSPCA is also honoring the iconic actress and animal advocate by hosting a Golden Girls Quiz Night at Punch Line Philly on January 18 – animal activists honoring the iconic White in so many ways, preserving her legacy while saving lives. lives.
“On a day like this, if we can raise a significant amount of money, it means we can save more lives,” Kocher said. “So I have a feeling Betty White’s 100th birthday will be celebrated not only where she is, in Heaven hopefully, but in animal shelters across the country.”
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ACCT Philly, the largest open-admission animal shelter in the Delaware Valley, says this challenge couldn’t come at a better time. They have suffered budget cuts and their shelter is at full capacity.