Betty White left this world too soon to take advantage of the wishes that would have come from all over the world to celebrate 100 years on Monday, but her legions of fans still honor her in the most endearing and meaningful way: by supporting animals.
the #BettyWhiteChallenge has spread like wildfire on social media, 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.
In Marysville, the local shelter plans to celebrate the late actress and comedian. the Union County Humane Society will be having an open house Monday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of White’s birthday, and they’ll even have cupcakes.
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Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, was close to White – known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” – and worked with her for decades in its campaign for animal welfare. 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.”
White was 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.