Legendary actress Betty White, who was in our homes on television for decades, left us at the end of 2021 a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. To honor Betty White, many people are participating in the “Betty White Challenge” on her birthday January 17. If you are interested in participating in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, we have the resources you need. Plus, we look at other celebrities who are making a difference to make the lives of animals better in 2022.
Betty White was an originator when it came to animal rights. When she came on the scene to be an advocate, many had not started this cause. Betty White has ties to animals as a young child and wanted to be a forest ranger before finding acting. In 1970-1971 she wrote, produced and hosted the show “The Pet Set,” which gave her the opportunity to bring pets and animals to the homes of those watching. She also wrote a book in 1983, “Betty White’s Pet Love: How Pets Take Care of Us.” She didn’t just talk the talk; she walked the walk. This is why so many are embracing the opportunity to support Betty White's favorite animal foundations in her honor.
Here are the top ways you can contribute during the #BettyWhiteChallenge:
- Contribute to the Humane Society of the United States. At the national level, they take on many more initiatives ranging from eliminating fur coats, banning big game trophy hunting and ending animal testing just to name a few. Pick what speaks to you most and contribute.
- Contribute to the Morris Animal Foundation. Betty White served on the board for more than 50 years! During her time there, she did many things including establishing the “Betty White Wildlife Fund” to help animals during natural disasters and emerging disease prevention. Any amount will help.
- Contribute to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This organization works to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.
- Contribute to the Animal Foundation which celebrates Betty White and delivers on her passion to find forever homes for our pets in the Las Vegas area.
- Contribute to your local Human Society or Animal Shelter. Ask Google which one is closest to your location and give freely to help their efforts ranging from sheltering animals, adopting pets and caring for abandoned pet. Choose from a one-time contribution to a monthly contribution. No amount is too small. If you can give $25 per month, that helps microchip and register pets in your area.
Tubi has a film festival put together of Betty White’s movies, television series and “The Pet Life” free to view for those who sign up on their viewing device. Find Tubi in the app store or on your favorite streaming device, or via the website at tubi.tv.com.
Betty White led the charge to help educate people about animal and pet issues they may not have been aware of. There are others who continue following in her footsteps. According to Showbiz Cheatsheet, here is a list of celebrities that use their celebrity status to draw attention to animal cruelty or advocate issues related to pets and animals to make their lives better. They all have personal charges you can contribute to in Betty White’s name.
If you do contribute, be sure to share it on your favorite social media platform to alert your friends that you are participating. And don’t forget to use the #BettyWhiteChallenge.