Betty White Challenge raises $22,000+ for Wake County Animal Center

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Prior to her death, Betty White was known for her advocacy of animal welfare.

On what would have been her 100th birthday, the Betty White Challenge called on people to honor the late actress by donating to their local animal shelter or shelter.

Wake County Animal Center supporters donated more than $16,000 in one day.

A total of 600 people donated $22,052 to the center.

“This is an incredible outpouring of support for our shelter. Our community has always been generous, but this exceeded all of our expectations,” said County Animal Services Director Dr. Jennifer Federico.

According to the county, all donations will be used to directly help the animals through enrichment programs and services, advanced medical care, general animal care or sponsorships for adoption.

The county said its advocacy for the Betty White Challenge reached more than 30,000 people via social media and generated more than 1,000 visits to the Animal Center’s donation webpage.

Those who still wish to help can make monetary donations, sponsor pet adoption costs, donate a needed care item, or drop off pet food. Volunteers and foster parents are also an invaluable part of helping the animals in the center’s care.

In 2021, the center:

  • Welcomed over 8,000 animals
  • Adopted out of nearly 3,500
  • Found foster families for 1,700 pets
  • Over 1,000 pets reunited with their owners
  • Place 2,000 animals with partner organizations

Benjamin M. Yerger