Donations to local animal shelters in honor of Betty White | Messages
ATHENS – A wave of philanthropy following the death of beloved actress Betty White has reached Athens with donations going to various charities supporting animal shelters.
Friendly Paws Pet Supplies and Grooming in East State helped raise funds in White’s honor, resulting in donations totaling over $1,000. Customers donated $636 of their own funds, with Friendly Paws donating an additional $500.
For Friendly Paws owner Shelley Lieberman, honoring the late actress while helping dogs and pets has been a rewarding experience.
“Who doesn’t love Betty White?” said Liebermann. “It’s a really great way to honor her memory. I think if she looks down up there, she’d be pretty happy with all the impact she’s made across the country.”
Funds received from their campaign will be split evenly between four charities. Companion Behavior Analysis Reform — which, among other things, provides training services for dogs at the Athens County Dog Shelter — will receive funding along with Friends of Shelter Dogs and the Athens County Humane Society.
Additional funds will go to the Southeast Ohio Foodbank to be used for their senior-owned pet program to feed the companions of Athens County seniors, as well as Integrated Services’ pet program, which helps customers care for their pets and them to support. The program began last year with the help of Friendly Paws and has helped extend support to clients to several organizations in Athens County.
“It’s my life’s mission to help animals, so we’re always trying to find ways to give back and support our local organizations and find good homes for pets,” Lieberman said.
She emphasizes giving to local causes, as opposed to larger national organizations, to ensure that the money donated here goes to local causes.
Friends of Shelter Dogs, a group dedicated to the welfare and rescue of dogs from the Athens County Dog Shelter, hosted their own Betty White fundraiser and managed to raise at least $1,600 through a Facebook campaign alone . Further donations were received so that a final count has not yet been completed.
A final donation count was also not available for the Athens County Dog Shelter at the time of writing, but will be updated. After you Facebook site, Donations came from a variety of places, including Trimble Local Schools and the Jacksonville Eagles 1034. Another post said that in addition to monetary donations, the shelter needed canned puppy food (preferably Blue Buffalo), dry puppy food, and dog waste bags.
White’s death, just days before her 100th birthday, sparked a wave of donations to animal rights and animal welfare causes that reflect her longstanding love of animals. n$13 million was donated early solely via Facebook and Instagram.
during their life White was a fierce advocate of animals in all shapes and sizes. She has worked with the likes of former Columbus Zoo director Jack Hanna – leading to an exhibit named in her honor – as well as the Morris Animal Foundation. She even founded the Betty White Wildlife Fund in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“It was definitely a really good thing and that’s something we really need at this time,” Lieberman said. “It’s just great to honor them in some way. She seems like a really great person and being able to honor her in this way and supporting pets is something people love.”