Betty White

Betty White

Gladwin County

Many challenges have gained popularity on social media over the past few years, some better, and some worse. The latest challenge to gain widespread attention is the Betty White Challenge, which aims to benefit animal shelters and rescues.

With the recent passing of legendary actress, Betty White (Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), the internet has spread a message to honor her as an animal activist having earned the National Humanitarian Medal from the American Humane organization, by donating to local animal shelters and rescues. The widely circulated message reads, “On Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in your area and donate just five dollars in Betty White’s name. Make her 100th birthday the movement she deserves.”

After her passing, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wrote on Twitter, “Betty White was a constant and compassionate advocate for vulnerable animals across the country, and will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to her friends and family.” She also wrote a book in 2011 titled, “Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo,” in which she shares her love for animals and those who take care of them. 

The Gladwin County Animal Shelter is always accepting donations, and would gladly accept any in honor of the late Betty White. Those looking to donate may drop off or mail to, 401 W. Cedar Ave., Gladwin, MI 48624. 

“Betty White devoted much of her life to improving the lives of animals,” shared Meghan Keen, Gladwin County Animal Shelter Advisory Board Member. “A movement has begun, encouraging people to donate to local animal welfare organizations in her honor on January 17, her birthday. We will be grateful to any who choose to donate in Betty’s honor to support our efforts to serve Gladwin County citizens and animals to the best of our ability.”

Other locations to donate to include Roar Rescue in Beaverton, 2742 Blades Rd., Beaverton, MI 48612; Few Steps From Home Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, 1020 N. M-30, Gladwin, MI 48624 or online at www.fewstepsfromhome.com; The Humane Society of Midland County, via online at hsomc.org/donate or by mail to 4371 E. Ashman St., Midland, MI 48624.

Those interested in doing more may look into volunteering. To put in volunteer hours, call the Gladwin County Animal Shelter at 989-426-4579 or email them at gladwincountyanimalshelter@gmail.com to find out ways they can assist in getting you started. The Halfway Home Animal Rescue in Harrison is also looking for volunteers as well as foster homes for animals. They can be reached at 989-539-5823 or by email at halfwayhome989@gmail.com. 

Whether it be a New Year’s resolution, in honor of a loved one, or in honor of a long-respected actress, a small donation of money or time to your local animal shelter and/or rescue will go a long way. 

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