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British Columbians donate thousands to animal rescue charities to honour Betty White

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WATCH: The BC SPCA's Senior Protection Officer Eileen Drever talks about how animal lovers are honouring late legendary actress Betty White, and how organizations like hers are benefiting from their generosity. – Jan 17, 2022

On what would have been Betty White‘s 100th birthday, fellow animal lovers around the world are donating to local shelters in the late star’s honour.

As part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge, people are asked to donate $5 or more to an animal rescue organization of their choice.

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White loved animals and was known for supporting organizations around the world.

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“She definitely was a leader when it came for speaking for animals,” Eileen Drever, the BC SPCA’s senior protection officer, told Global News.

“She was a wonderful individual and fabulous actress and animal lover and I’m shocked that animals are all going to benefit from her birthday.”

Drever said the BC SPCA has already raised $20,000 and she is sure it’s due to White’s legacy. By Monday afternoon, that total soared to $220,000.

“It’s phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal,” she added.

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Anyone can donate to any animal rescue organization in White’s name on Monday; it does not have to be the BC SPCA.

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Drever said they will use the money raised to go “where it is needed most” and that could include medical care or furthering investigations.

White died on Dec. 31 at the age of 99.

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