Thousands donated to local animal shelters in honor of Betty White

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Editors Note: This story was updated on 1-17-22 to reflect additional humane societies who are accepting donations as well as the current monetary total of donations received.

(WTAJ) — Thousands of dollars in donations have been made to animal shelters across Central Pennsylvania after the #BettyWhiteChallenge encouraged social media users to make the generous contributions in her memory.

The Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, the Bedford County Humane Society, the Humane Society of Cambria County, Clearfield County SPCA, the Huntingdon County Humane Society and the Jefferson County Humane Society all set up fundraisers to honor Betty White who passed away on New Year’s Eve, weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

As of this publication, all six humane societies have received over $15,100 in total donations.

Here is a full list of shelters in our area if you wish to make a donation:

“What better way to honor such a wonderful Lady then to give to her LOVE & PASSION in life, the Animals,” a statement from the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society’s Facebook page read.

The challenge which originated on Facebook and Twitter motivates users to donate $5 to a local animal rescue or shelter on Monday, Jan. 17, White’s birthday. Throughout her life, White was very passionate about animals and showed it by helping raise money for animal causes. She also wrote and produced TV shows and books dedicated to pets.

Betty White and Anson Williams don?t seem to faze Buckeye, a St. Bernard, during an awards ceremony during which Williams was honored by the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as a friend and lover of animals. Ms. White presented a humanitarian plaque to Williams at the event, which was held in Hollywood, California, Friday, May 1, 1982. (AP Photo/Marc Karody)

“Join us in honoring the life of fellow animal advocate, Betty White, by donating to the Humane Society of Cambria County for what would have been her 100th birthday on January 17th,” a statement from the Humane Society of Cambria County’s Facebook page read. “Our challenge, donate $5 or more! Your contribution will make an impact on animals in need.”

A popular pizza chain also joined the challenge as Domino’s locations in St. Marys and Somerset set up fundraisers on Monday where a percentage of sales is donated to the county’s humane societies. Domino’s reportedly guaranteed that a $100 minimum donation to each humane society will be made.

“Make a donation in honor of Betty White,” a statement from the Huntingdon County Humane Society’s Facebook page read. Join us for the #BettyWhiteChallenge. All donations stay with our shelter so we can continue our life saving work.”

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