Betty White Challenge sweeps the nation: Fans donate to animal shelters in TV legend's honor

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Portrait of actress Betty White, a noted animal activist and star on the television series "The Golden Girls"  taken on July 15, 1986.
Portrait of actress Betty White, a noted animal activist and star on the television series "The Golden Girls" taken on July 15, 1986.

A social media movement has spread across the nation to honor the late Betty White's love for animals.

The actress, comedian, and animal activist would have celebrated her 100th birthday, today. Sadly, the TV legend died on New Year's Eve.

The unofficial #BettyWhiteChallenge is sweeping the nation to help raise funds for animal welfare organizations.

One of the pleas being widely disseminated on social media for a national push to help animal welfare organizations to honor actress Betty White.
One of the pleas being widely disseminated on social media for a national push to help animal welfare organizations to honor actress Betty White.

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Fans are encouraged to donate $5 in White's name to local animal shelters and rescues.

Click on the links below to find out how to make donations to help animals in our readership area.

Countless fans throw their support behind the #BettyWhiteChallenge. They're doing it for Betty.

The morning after White's birthday, Smitty's Cat Rescue Shelter located in Chester posted on Facebook that they received $4625 in PayPal donations.

The nonprofit organization expressed its gratitude for being selected as a #BettyWhiteChallenge recipient, and they provided the following kudos to America's golden girl:

"Hey Betty White, I know you're sitting at the bridge with a lap full of furbabies smiling ... hell you might be even dancing seeing the legacy you left behind ... thank you!"

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