Animal Donations in the Honor of Betty White


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Alexia Elitzer, Contributor

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922. She started her career in 1930 when she had an appearance in the radio program called Empire Builders. In 1939, White made a television debut when she and a classmate of hers sang a song named The Merry Window. The American Actress is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

Before her fame, White wanted to become a Park ranger or a zookeeper.”Back then, girls were not allowed to become forest rangers,” White told ABC News in 2010. White’s love for animals is so strong that she turned down a role in the 1997 film As Good As It Gets. She turned it down because there was a scene in the film where one of the characters throw a dog into the laundry chute. White stated, “I know it’s for laughs but given my feelings about animals and my work for animal welfare, I just didn’t find it funny. I didn’t think it would be a good example to people who might try it in real life.” In 2010, she received an honorary park ranger title at the age of eighty-eight and became an animal rights activist. 

Betty White had a seizure six days before she died on December 31, 2021 from natural causes. Huntsville Animal Services is taking donations for the honor of Betty White. White always had a soft spot for animals.​​ She donated her time to American Humane, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and many more. “Whenever you have a publicly revered figure like Betty White lending her time to those causes, it really underscores our mission of providing care and finding loving homes for our animals,” said Dr. Karen Sheppard, director of HAS. “We are blessed with a giving community, but we can never have too many volunteers or enough supplies. [Donations] all go towards helping homeless dogs find homes,” she said. “It’s a way for people to participate in helping us every day. To move the animals out, we do have to have fosters or adopters, but another way people can show us they care — and boy do they — is donating and volunteering.”

WHNT New 19 said, “Huntsville Animal Services has a nonprofit foundation for anyone wanting to donate money or supplies. Visit their website to learn more. They also accept donations at the services building at 4950 Triana Blvd SW in Huntsville.”