On December 31, just a couple of weeks before her 100th birthday, Betty passed away. Her sudden demise had left everyone surprised and it did not take long for celebrities and fans to pay tribute on social media.
Now, people are coming together to make the ‘Golden Girls’ actress’ birthday extra special by starting a challenge of her name.
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What is the Betty White Challenge?
The Betty White Challenge is a fan-made challenge in order to honor the late actress.
The challenge stems from Betty’s love for dogs. At the same time, at one point in her life, Betty had 26 dogs, as reported by Newsweek. Being around animals and taking care of them had been one of her passions.
In an interview with TV Guide, she said: “They’re the two things I love the most and I have to stay in show business to pay for my animal work! I’ve loved animals since I was in the womb. I was the lucky little girl who had parents who went for a walk and they’d come home with a dog or a cat. “He followed us home, Betty. Can we keep him?”
She continued: ” I’m not into animal rights. I’m only into animal welfare and health. I’ve been with the Morris Animal Foundation since the ’70s. We’re a health organization. We fund campaign health studies for dogs, cats, lizards, and wildlife. I’ve worked with the L.A. Zoo for about the same length of time. I get my animal fixes!”
How can you take part in the challenge?
Taking part in the challenge is quite simple. Interested people need to pick a local rescue or animal shelter in their area and donate just $5 in her name on her birthday, that is, January 17.
The same was shared by Rex Chapman. He tweeted: “The Betty White Challenge. January 17th. Please pass it on…”
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How did the actress die?
Betty died peacefully in her sleep. This was confirmed by her agent, Jeff Witjas while talking to People.
He said: “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home early this morning. Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
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