Betty White Challenge urges fans to donate to animal shelters and rescue groups

LONG ISLAND (WABC) — Betty White fans across the country are asking people to commemorate the animal lover’s 100th birthday on Monday by donating $5 to their local animal shelter or rescue organization.

The Betty White Challenge started on Facebook and has taken off.

The American Humane Society says donations to its organization have skyrocketed since Betty White’s death

“We’ve seen such an increase in donations, all due to Betty White,” Dr. Robin Ganzert said.

Betty White has spent her entire life helping animal rescue organizations and has always surrounded herself with animals.

“I have to stay in show business to pay for my pet business,” she once said.

The Town of Islip Animal Shelter held a birthday party Thursday to mark White’s birthday and kick off the Betty White Challenge.

“It was his legacy,” said Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter.

Huntington City Supervisor Edmund Smyth is also asking residents to participate in the Betty White Challenge by donating $5 to Give a Dog a Dream, a partner of the city’s animal shelter.

He said people can also donate indestructible collars, leashes, treats and toys to the Huntington Town Animal Shelter.

Dog owner Cyndy Hansen, from Wisconsin, is one of the people who shared the Betty White challenge on Facebook.

Hansen said she saw the idea on Facebook shortly after White’s death and decided to share it more widely.

Hansen’s posts have been shared thousands of times.

“Now that’s what social media is supposed to be for,” she said. “Otherwise, how could you commemorate such a wonderful person?

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