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Betty White fans pay tribute by donating to local animal shelters

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-17 18:42:58-05

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Fans of the late Betty White are paying tribute to the actress today, on what would've been White's 100th birthday.

The "Betty White Challenge" is where people can donate $5 to animal rescue organizations in her name.

Green Bay's Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary raised more than $8,000 thanks to the Betty White Challenge.

"This is one way to show everybody that every single dollar really does count," said Elizabeth Feldhausen, founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. Even $1 donations, $5 donations in honor of Betty White, they're all adding up and really really supporting all of the animal non-profit organizations today."

"The Golden Girls" star was known for her love of animals by working with zoos and advocating for animals.

In 2011, the lifelong animal lover published a book "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo," where she spoke about her work with animal nonprofits.

White passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 99.

-Sarah Dewberry, Scripps National Digital Content Producer, contributed to this report.