The Town of Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-A-Pet Center will join animal shelters and pet rescue organizations across the country in the upcoming Betty White Challenge on Jan. 17.
Betty White, the beloved actress and animal rights advocate, died at age 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, just about two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Her fans on social media are encouraging people to donate to any animal shelter or rescue group in her memory. The Town of Islip has now joined in the call for donations for its own animal shelter.
“Throughout her eight-decade career, Betty White not only won the hearts of millions with her endearing charm and wit, but she also gave generously to causes promoting the well-being of all animals, including many endangered species, and helped in the conservation of wildlife habitats. Her memory will live on through residents’ acts of kindness,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
The Betty White Challenge gained publicity earlier this month after a Betty White fan posted on Dogspotting Society’s Facebook page asking for $5 donations to any animal shelter or animal rescue organization in honor of her 100th birthday on Monday, Jan. 17.
The Town of Islip has already received its first donation from Breeze Airways, a new airline flying out of MacArthur Airport.
“It’s safe to say everyone at Breeze is a Betty White fan. I mean, who isn’t?” said Gareth Edmondson-Jones, Breeze’s director of corporate communications. “Breeze will be donating to Islip’s Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center, as well as to animal shelters in the 17 other cities we serve. It’s wonderful that Betty’s lifelong service to animals continues even after her passing.”
Those who would like to make a donation in Betty White’s name to the Town of Islip Animal Shelter can mail $5 to the shelter at 200 South Technology Dr., Central Islip, NY 11722 and indicate “Betty White Challenge” with the donation.
Donors can also choose an item available on the shelter’s Amazon Wish List, which will ship for free to the shelter. Monetary donations will be used to purchase bedding, toys, food, and other animal necessities.
The shelter has cats, dogs, and small animals looking for forever homes. If interested in adopting, call 631-224-5660 or email [email protected] to make an appointment. Adoptions are by appointment only.