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Katy Families and Local Animal Groups Honor Betty White


January 17, 2022

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy fans are joining in on the Betty White Challenge on what would have been the icons 100th birthday. The challenge asks fans to donate to animal shelters, rescues and charities in her name.

Betty White loved animals and Katy families and local groups are honoring her today on her birthday.

Betty White Celebrated on Her 100th Birthday

Today the beloved Betty White would have turned 100-years-old. White passed away on the morning of December 31 at 99-years-old. Her passing hasn’t stopped the party today, January 17, as she has inspired a national challenge in her name.

Locals Join the #BettyWhiteChallenge

The #BettyWhiteChallenge is a virtual event taking place today. The event asks fans to donate at least $5 to animal rescues or shelters in her name. Animal charities can also apply.

Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP,) a local non-profit is celebrating Betty White today by also temporarily changing the names of their adoptable pets to characters portrayed by Betty White.

Today CAP has renamed Bianca, "Sue Ann Nivens," Betty's character from the Mary Tyler Moore Show

Animal shelters, rescues, and charities are always in need of donations, but today is a special time to honor a cause that was so dear to Betty White.

Betty White was a known animal lover and often spoke out about her service and love of animals.

Betty White has been an inspiration to us all for decades, she has shown us all how to live kind-hearted and to help animals in need whenever possible,” says Bianca Burrascano, Marketing Coordinator for CAP.

According to Burrascano, White was quoted as saying, "You can always tell about somebody by the way they lay their hands on an animal." It’s a statement that the people at CAP firmly believe in.

“Luckily, CAP is surrounded by a community of people who love animals, volunteers who dedicate their time walking dogs, foster parents whose hands of cared for and medicated ill-stricken animals, and wonderful adopters who open their hearts and homes to those we have cared for,” says Burrascano.

So far, CAP has received around $700 in donations in relation to the Betty White Challenge. Burrascano says that every bit will help them care for the animals in their shelter.

Katy Families Share How They Are Adopting, Donating

Katy families are taking to their Facebook page to post pictures of pets they have adopted in honor of Betty White.

Katy resident, Angie Waller will be making a donation today to local foster group, Almost Home.

“Almost Home has brought us so much joy and love,” says Waller. “We got all 3 of our fur babies through them.”

Almost Home Pet Rescue is a local foster-based rescue that is also participating in the Betty White Challenge.

“Fosters are the heart of any rescue, but donations are vital in helping us provide medical care for the dogs we take in,” says Caroline Walker-Trulock with Almost Home Pet Rescues.

Almost Home Pet Rescues says on their Facebook page that money raised from the challenge will help them continue their mission of helping homeless animals in the Houston area find their forever homes.

“The number of homeless dogs in the shelters is outrageous,” says Waller. “There’s not enough room for them in the shelters.”

Some Other Local Animal Charities Include:

“It is heartwarming to see the community coming together to honor the legendary Betty White, she deserves the best sendoff we can give,” says Burrascano.

Where will you give today to honor Betty White?


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