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PA SPCA Gets a Boost from Betty White Challenge

Portrait of actress Betty White, a noted animal activist and television star, taken on July 15, 1986. 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely know that Monday, January 17th would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. The legendary actress died on New Year’s Eve from complications of a stroke she suffered on Christmas Day.

In her honor as a lifelong animal activist, people around the world began “The Betty White Challenge,” asking fans to donate five dollars in her name to any animal rescue or humane society organization of their choosing.

So, did it work?

Jillian Kocher of the Pennsylvania SPCA says, “it sure did.”

She said there was a deluge of donations all weekend long and on Monday, everything from the requested five dollars to upwards of $100 in honor of Betty White’s 100th birthday.

Kocher says they’re still counting their donations:

Kocher says the Pennsylvania SPCA does not receive any state or federal funding and relies solely on donations to do their work.

As humane law enforcement officers they rescue animals within an 18-county radius that includes Lebanon County. Kocher says they’ll be able to do even more this year because of these donations.