Fans encouraged to honor White’s legacy through special challenge

Actress Betty White and Uggie the dog attend The Friars Club Salute To Betty White at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 16, 2012, in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

TAYLOR COUNTY—Be a part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge and help four-legged friends in memory of one of America’s sweethearts.

Betty White, of Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show fame, was not only a beloved actress, but was also a lover of animals.

The cultural icon credits her parents, who were “tremendous animal lovers,” for instilling in her an empathy toward all creatures from a young age. 

“They imbued in me the fact that, to me, there isn’t an animal on the planet that I don’t find fascinating and want to learn more about,” White told Smithsonian Magazine in 2012.

Throughout her life, White worked tirelessly to help provide better lives for animals through various organizations, even serving as a trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association for almost 40 years. 

After her passing on December 31, at 99 years of age, fans took to social media to help honor and commemorate White’s life in a special way; by making donations to local rescue or animal shelters in her name.

The #BettyWhiteChallenge tasks participants with a small $5 contribution, in hopes of a better life for the animals housed in various locations across the nation.

Locally, here in Taylor County, individuals can make contributions to the Taylor County Humane Society in a couple different ways.

Checks and money orders made out to the society can be mailed to P.O. Box 243, Grafton, WV 26354.

Alternately, individuals can make gifts in White’s name from their computers or cell phones. Facebook users can visit the Taylor County Humane Society’s page, by searching Taylor County Humane Society-West Virginia, and make a contribution with a click on the donate button. 

Those who are not on Facebook but would like to make a donation electronically can do so on the organization’s webpage, There, they will find a donate section and with a click of the mouse can be on their way to gifting in White’s name.

The Taylor County Humane Society has been bettering the lives of lost and unwanted dogs and cats for two decades.

The Taylor County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, who strives to promote and protect the welfare of all animals and to educate the public on issues and needs regarding the humane treatment of animals. 

The society receives much of its funding from grants and donations. Officials with the society have shared that the community has been graciously donating their time, money and supplies, which has greatly affected the care given to the animals there. 

For more information about the shelter including their hours, or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact the Taylor County Humane Society by phone at 304-265-4215, or by accessing the Facebook page and webpage listed above.

“We would be honored to receive gifts in Betty’s name,” said Humane Society member Brenda Gerkin. “We will use the funds to not only care for the animals we have, but to pay it forward and try to help others out through our spay and neuter programs.”


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