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Donations poured in for animal shelters across the country on Monday in celebration of what would have been Betty White’s centennial birthday.
The “Betty White Challenge” encouraged people across the country to donate $5 to a shelter of their choice. The Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County received a little over $10,000 in donations thanks to the challenge.
The challenge came about in response to the late actress’s love of animals. She died Dec. 31.
“Betty White had a deep love for animals," said Deana Corbin, APL executive director. "People thought it would be a good way to celebrate her legacy.”
The APL will use the donations to care for animals at the no-kill shelter. Corbin said sick and injured animals are prioritized so they can receive medical treatment and get prepared for adoption.
“This challenge is an amazing testament to how much people loved and admired Betty White and wanted to support the causes she cared about," Corbin said. "Everyone loves animals and Betty White. This is a perfect joining of the two things.”
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This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Betty White Challenge brings in $10,000 for Springfield animal shelter