#BettyWhiteChallenge Garnered Over $20,000 in Donations


WEB EXCLUSIVE During our fave Golden Girl’s would-be 100th birthday, donations rang in from all over the country to support the Wake County Animal Center. 

Betty White once attributed her long life to not eating her greens, but we think it might also have something to do with her affinity for pups. 

A nationwide fundraising effort to honor the comedian’s legacy (and her love for animals), the #BettyWhiteChallenge went viral on Facebook this month, raising millions of dollars for shelters around the country. 

On Jan. 17 (Betty’s birthday!), $16,000 in donations poured from all over the country for our very own Wake County Animal Center. In total, $22,052 was donated by 600-plus people since the fundraiser’s announcement. Many of the donors included people who have already adopted from the shelter to add furry children to their families. 

The #BettyWhiteChallenge reached more than 30,000 people on Wake County’s various social media outlets and led to around 1,000 visits to the Animal Center’s donation webpage. 

Commented one donor, Amanda Fulcher, on Facebook: “[I’m] happy to have donated in memory of Betty and in honor of our Izzy who we adopted from you in 2009. She will be celebrating her 13th birthday this spring.”

Wake County Animal Center is the only open admission shelter in the county that takes in stray, abandoned and surrendered pets. Last year, the shelter took in over 8,000 animals, adopting out nearly 3,500 pets and finding foster homes for 1,700. The shelter also helped reunite more than 1,000 animals with their owners and placed another 2,000 animals with partnership organizations throughout North Carolina.

“We want to thank everyone so much for all the donations,” says Animal Services Director Dr. Jennifer Federico. “This is an amazing outpouring of support for our shelter. Our community has always been generous, but this exceeded all our expectations.”

Still want to donate to the doggos? There’s always room for more support: You can make a monetary donation, sponsor a pet adoption fee, volunteer, be a foster dog parent, or swing by to donate dog food or other needed items. The options are paws-itively endless. Fur-real. wakegov.com





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