Since the passing of the legendary Betty White on December 31, 2021, there has been a huge movement to make her 100th birthday a special day. Betty was a passionate animal rights activist, serving on the Los Angeles Zoo's board for more than 50 years, advocating for the ASPCA and much more.
“Betty White demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping animals in need, including dedicated support for local shelters and animal welfare endeavors, fiercely promoting and protecting animal interests in her entertainment projects, and personally adopting many rescued animals,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO.
As a way to honor Betty, fans have come up with the #BettyWhiteChallenge. The challenge calls for people to donate to their favorite local animal shelters, rescues and nonprofit organizations on January 17, which would have been Betty's 100th birthday.
Wondering where you can donate locally? Below are some suggestions.
Providence Animal Rescue League
The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) is a 100+ year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit urban animal shelter and community resource located in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island SPCA
Founded in 1870, the Rhode Island SPCA is the oldest humane animal welfare organization in the state of Rhode Island and the third oldest in the United States.
Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue
Dedicated to saving animals from lives on the streets and adopting them into their furever homes.
Heart of Rhode Island Animal Rescue League
Heart of Rhode Island Animal Rescue League is located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Animal Rescue Rhode Island
Animal Rescue Rhode Island (ARRI) is dedicated to rescuing companion animals in need and to the humane welfare of homeless animals.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Betty White not only advocated for the welfare of domesticated animals, but for all animals. You can also donate to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which has an amazing conservation initiative.