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How the #BettyWhiteChallenge is helping local animal shelters

How the #BettyWhiteChallenge is helping local animal shelters
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The late Betty White was not only a TV legend but she was also known for her charitable work and advocacy for animal causes. As a lifelong animal lover, she worked with various organizations over the years including volunteering with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo for decades as a trustee and chair, working with American Humane and being a major donor to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

She once told the Chicago Sun-Times that, as well as for her acting, “I also want to be remembered as a lady who helped the animals.” In another interview with Smithsonian Magazine, White said, “There isn't an animal on the planet that I don't find fascinating and want to learn more about."

To honor her memory and her love of animals, fans around the world are participating in a challenge across social media that is asking for people to donate as much as $5 to their local animal shelter on what would have been White's 100th birthday, Jan. 17.

"On Betty White's 100th birthday, January 17, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter and donate just $5 in Betty White's name," the graphic reads. "Make her 100th birthday the movement she deserves."

As you can imagine, a legion of White's many fans threw their support behind the challenge.

"Let's do it for Betty," wrote one Twitter user.

Said another, "I got my baby from an animal rescue, so I'm looking forward to participating in the #BettyWhiteChallenge.

If you want to support local animal shelters and honour Betty White’s passing, this initiative is the perfect excuse.

Below are three great spots across Montreal that could use your donation. 

Montreal SPCA

Sauvetage Animal Rescue

Heart in Hand Rescue Coeur en main

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