(WFXR) — While Betty White may be gone, her legacy as an animal lover could still make a huge difference in the lives of countless furry friends at animal shelters and rescue organizations around Virginia and around the country.
On Monday, Jan. 17 — in honor of what would have been the star’s 100th birthday — a number of animal shelters, SPCA organizations, and humane societies across southwest and central Virginia are holding fundraisers as part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge:
Lynchburg and Central Virginia:
The Lynchburg Humane Society will accept donations in White’s memory, which you can submit online, as well as drop off in person or mail to 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg VA 24502.
As of this writing, the humane society’s Facebook page says 10 people have donated $280 as part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge.
On top of that, the humane society celebrated White with an adoption special on Saturday, Jan. 15. The adoption fees for pets — not including VIPs, who will have a blue marker in the corner of their photos on the adoption listings — were reduced to $19.22 for the weekend.
“Betty White was a lot of wonderful things and loved by many. Of all the iconic legend’s accomplishments, none had greater impact than her work in animal welfare,” the Lynchburg Humane Society posted on Facebook. “Betty was a fierce advocate for animals everywhere, and especially homeless pets like the ones we care for here at LHS. The pets and the world will miss her.”
The Humane Society of Amherst County urges everybody to pick a local rescue organization or animal sanctuary and donate just $5 in White’s name, hoping that all animal shelters will be flooded with donations on Monday.
If you want to make that donation to the Humane Society of Amherst County, click here. So far, the organization has raised $750.
Meanwhile, according to Friends of Campbell County Animal Control (FOCCAC), “we are grateful for all adoptions from a shelter or rescue, and we appreciate any donations made for any reason.”
Even though FOCCAC is not specifically asking for donation’s in White’s honor, the shelter says White was a big supporter of spay/neuter, which goes hand-in-hand with rescuing shelter pets. As a result, FOCCAC will always welcome donations to the Community Spay/Neuter Fund, as long as you specify that is how you want your donation to be used.
The shelter says the surgeries cost $100 for dogs; $50 for cats; and $25 for outdoor cats, who will also be eartipped as part of the service.
FOCCAC says Pet Cabana, LLC — a Lynchburg grooming, boarding, and daycare facility — is donating $100 to FOCCAC and $100 to Bringing Animal Renovations in Campbell County (BARCC) in honor of White’s would-be 100th birthday.
Pet Cabana, LLC will also offer a 17 percent discount on one boarding stay, one month of daycare, or one full groom if you donate $25 or more to local shelters or animal charities. Just submit your donation receipt via social media or by emailing email@example.com.
New River Valley:
The Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center is definitely participating in Monday’s social media challenge, saying “We love Betty White and admired her love of animals and their welfare.”
If you are interested in making a donation to the shelter in White’s name, you can do it online, as well as in person or through the mail at 480 Cinnabar Road, Christiansburg, VA 24073.
Pulaski County Animal Control is joining in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, as well. According to animal control, all donation will help improve shelter life for the animals, such as fixing the dogs’ outdoor play yard, making sure each dog and cat kennel has a nice bed, and vetting to get animals into no-kill facilities.
You can make donations in-person; over the phone by calling 674-8359; or via mail to 80 Dublin Park Road, Dublin, VA 24084 (note Betty White Challenge).
The Radford Animal Shelter posted the following statement on Facebook about honoring White’s birthday:
People are asking me what they can donate in honor of the wonderful Betty White on January 17th.
So I am going to run with this……
As we all know a new shelter is not going to be as soon as we would like, but we can improve the conditions for the animals here in our existing shelter.
We have the Panther house that the cats love, but we can’t put all of the cats in there together.
We can improve the situation for the other cats by upgrading their kennels to cat condos. They are not cheap….around $2500 a unit. It would however give them 28 ft of floorspace, (they currently have 4ft of floorspace) they would have different levels of living space, their food would not be next to a litter box, in fact the litter box would be in a private area away from eating, sleeping and playing areas.
If your a business and would to sponsor a unit, we can add a plaque saying you sponsored the unit, or we can collectively donate and hopefully raise enough to purchase some condos.
If you are interested in donating in Betty’s honor, either pop by the shelter or send your donation to:
Radford Animal Shelter20 Robertson Street
Radford VA 24141
Thank you for always thinking of the animals here at the shelter.
Hopefully we can make their stay with us much better
The Roanoke Valley SPCA is one of several Roanoke animal shelters taking part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge.
”So we had people coming into our shelter, wanting to donate in honor of her memory, and so we just took it and ran with it,” said Julie Rickmond, marketing and communications director for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. “We thought people really want to do this, people were asking us to set up a fundraiser, so we set up a Facebook fundraiser.”
As of this writing, the Roanoke Valley SPCA has already raised $2,901 toward their $5,000 goal. Donations — which will go towards helping animals in need of care and vet services — are accepted both online and in person.
The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP)– which serves Botetourt County, Roanoke County, Roanoke City, and the Town of Vinton — also joined in the social media challenge to help enrich the lives of shelter pets.
However, instead of asking for monetary donations, the shelter encourages community members to shop on the RCACP’s Amazon wish list or bring in items for the Community Pet Pantry.
As for Angels of Assisi, this animal rescue organization encourages people to donate funds that will go towards supplies needed for an outdoor pet food pantry — which will be named “The Betty White Pet Food Pantry” — such as weatherproof storage units to hold the food.
“As many know, we have a pet food pantry that runs off of community donations. We would like to move our pet food pantry outside to increase accessibility and provide 24/7 availability for those in need,” Angels of Assisi posted on Facebook. “The pet food pantry will run off of the ‘take what you need, leave what you can’ motto. Donors can put pet food donations directly into the outdoor pet food pantry storage, and those with pets in need can take what they need.”
As of this writing, the nonprofit has already raised $2,055 through the #BettyWhiteChallenge
Meanwhile, the Franklin County Animal Shelter will also accept donations in honor of this celebrity animal lover, which will go on to provide medical care and necessary preventative treatments for animals in need.
In addition, the Rockbridge SPCA is set to accept donations as part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge. You can make a donation to the Rockbridge SPCA via PayPal or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 528, Lexington, VA 24450.
The staff members and volunteers at the Martinsville Henry County SPCA urge fellow Southside “animal nuts” to join in a tribute to White’s lifelong passion for helping furry friends by donating to any animal shelter or rescue organization on or before White’s birthday on Monday.
If you want to make a contribution to the Martinsville Henry County SPCA, you can do it in person from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday; by phone at 276-638-7297; or online.