Philadelphia Animal Shelters, At or Near Capacity, Hope Betty White Challenge Leads to Forever Homes – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This is not only Betty White’s body of work, but her advocacy for animals as well. In fact, a new challenge inspired by them is taking over 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 what many didn’t realize was how animal lover and activist she was. The Betty White Challenge is hoping to honor that part of her legacy.

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The Betty White social media fan frenzy is swirling with the aim of helping local animal shelters. The timeless comedic actress would have turned 100 on January 17. In honor of his lifelong love of animals, fans are urging people to donate $5 to the shelters, which will mark his milestone birthday.

“She really used to have pets that people could no longer care for during the Great Depression,” said Gillian Kocher, director of public relations and marketing for the Pennsylvania SPCA, “Something I learned recently, who knew? She helped rescue some animals during Hurricane Katrina.

Pennsylvania SPCA Betty White is excited about the challenge. With shelters in or near Philadelphia, they’re hoping people will not only donate money but also adopt an animal in need of a home.

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“I think many shelters will be helped by this challenge,” Kochhar said. “For the Pennsylvania SPCA, in particular, we operate entirely on donations. So we are not receiving any city, state, or federal funding, so we rely on the donors we are hoping for. They will come out for the Betty White Challenge.”

The PSPCA is also honoring the iconic actress and animal advocate by hosting the Golden Girls Trivia Night at Punch Line Philly on January 18.

“On a day like this, if we can raise a huge amount of money, it means we can save more lives,” Kochhar said. “So, I think Betty White’s 100th birthday will be celebrated not only in heaven, but in animal shelters across the country, where she is.”

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ACCT Philly, the largest open intake animal shelter in the Delaware Valley, says this challenge could not have come at a better time. They have faced budget cuts and their shelter is at capacity.