HOUGHTON – The Copper Country Humane Society will be among the groups benefiting from an online challenge held in honor of the late TV star Betty White.
The social media challenge began as a way to honor White, who passed away on December 31 at the age of 99. People are urged to donate to an animal shelter and other animal rescue organizations by January 17, which would have been White’s 100th birthday.
White had a long-standing love for animals and was a prolific volunteer and fundraiser for animal-related groups. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jane Goodall Institute in 2009.
Posts with the hashtag suggest a $ 5 donation.
“It’s such a beautiful way to pay tribute to him” said Rebecca Brink, Deputy Director of CCHS. “It’s great when people take something sad like that and turn it into something positive like helping animals.”
Donations are used for things such as daily animal care, veterinary bills, cleaning supplies and building maintenance and utilities. Donations stay with CCHS and are not sent to a larger network, Brink said.
“The continued support of our community allows us to continue to give all of our animals the best possible care”, she said.
At present, the shelter has 36 animals, including 11 dogs coming from Saginaw on Thursday. Adoptions increased during the pandemic, while the supply of animals was stable, Brink said. There was a temporary hurdle when several dogs tested positive for distemper, which temporarily prevented the shelter from welcoming any new dogs, Brink said. The problem has since resolved, she said.
“It seems most of the people who adopted during the pandemic make it work when they return to work, so that has been really cool,” she said. “We were worried about it, but it hasn’t happened much.”
For some households in financial difficulty, the shelter was able to donate animal food from its pantry to help. The shelter, which is sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet, likes to donate other brands to pet owners in need, Brink said.
“I think this has helped reduce the number of abandoned animals”, she said. “It’s great to be able to help people get through a difficult time like this. “
Christine Chapman from Calumet participated in the challenge. A lifelong animal lover, she made a donation to CCHS in honor of people’s birthdays. She thinks the challenge is a great idea.
“She’s such a wonderful woman and she had a big heart, and she was an animal lover herself,” she said. “I’ve watched all of his movies and shows… I’m 66 years old, so I can relate to the Golden Girls.”
Donations to CCHS can be made at chumanesociety.com/donate or by mail to Copper Country Humane Society, PO Box 453, Houghton, MI 49931.