Metro animal welfare group among many honoring Betty White

Who didn’t love Betty White? She was in show business for more than eighty years and during that time a huge animal supporter.

In the wake of her death ahead of her 100th birthday, social media came up with the Betty White Challenge. The goal is to honor White and her work by donating five dollars or more to a local animal charity.

Alpharetta-based Furkids founder and CEO Samantha Shelton tells WSB their organization has been overwhelmed with a positive response and they’re taking that enthusiasm and running with it.

“From what I’ve seen so far, everyone is joining in and just so happy to give to save animals that Betty cared about. What a great opportunity to bring people together to help local animal shelters,” said Shelton.

She says White would’ve loved this campaign which could help animals in need.

“What a great thing she’s done with her life to help animals in need and we just feel so honored that she championed obviously a cause that we’re very passionate about at Furkids,” said Shelton.

Shelton says donations allow these organizations remain open and help more animals in need.

“Obviously, you need funding to be able to go out and save lives. A lot of the animals that Furkids brings in are some of the most difficult trauma cases. We intentionally pull animals from animal control that are injured, that are sick,” said Shelton.

“We all need funding. Animal causes are really on the bottom of the list for giving and that’s why we appreciate what Betty White chose to do with her life, to be a voice for the voiceless,” said Shelton.

So, will five dollars really make a difference?

“Five dollars will cover a vaccine. Twenty dollars will cover a combo test for a cat or a heartworm test for a dog. Go up to fifty, now you’re neutering or spaying an animal. One hundred dollars allows us to bring in an animal from animal control and do all of their vetting,” said Shelton.

Shelton says the more people give the more lives they can save.

Betty White would’ve turned 100 on January 17th.

“We just really wanted to honor Betty White. We are so grateful for the big voice that she gave to the voiceless. You know, she’s probably one of the most renowned celebrities and a champion of animal welfare,” said Shelton.

You can donate to any local animal organization. If you would like to donate to Furkids, go to their page here.


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