Animal rescue groups and shelters in Alberta are sharing their gratitude after more than $186,000 were donated in memory of Hollywood icon Betty White.
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He died on December 31, 2021 after suffering a stroke, but his legacy as an animal advocate continues to be celebrated.
People around the world are recognizing what will be a huge milestone by contributing to White’s favorite cause.
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SCARS, The Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, said it had “an incredible $38,143, 1,156 people donated to charity” as of 4 p.m. Monday.
“We typically receive about 22 donations on an average day in January,” the rescue group said in an email to Global News. “Our hearts are full and we are very excited to use these funds to help Alberta’s homeless pets. The need is immense, especially during the winter months.”
The Calgary Humane Society had raised more than $50,000 as of 3:30 p.m. Monday, and the Edmonton Humane Society said it had received more than $25,000 as of 3 p.m. “today alone.” And they’re still coming!”
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew (AARCS) said people donated $60,000 by the end of the day on Monday.
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“What an impact on the legacy he has left for the world and animals,” ARCS said in an email. “I cannot begin to understand the number of donations made to animal charities around the world and its impact.
“What a beautiful day for animal welfare.”
The Meow Foundation accepted over $10,000 through its dedicated Betty White Challenge donation portal, and this does not include cash, checks and e-transfers in support of the campaign that are yet to be counted.
“Words cannot express our gratitude for this overwhelming amount of support (especially considering that our website crashed for a few hours this afternoon – oops!). We are really on the floor!” the group said.
The Nanton Animal Protection Society said it was “overjoyed” to have received $2,210 in donations.
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For the Edmonton Humane Society, about 70 percent of its total income comes from donations.
“We rely heavily on our generous community to support us throughout the year,” said CEO Liza Sunley.
“It happens to be a quiet time for charity so we’re really excited… it means a lot.”
Sunli said the organization also accepts donations such as pet food, blankets and towels. Plus, sharing your personal story of animal advocacy, support or adoption with others is a great way to help, she said.
“Another great way is to adopt through human society,” Sunley said.
“Every animal that is adopted means there is another place available for another animal that needs our support.”
She said volunteers and staff are talking about how meaningful it is for Betty White to see people talk about animal welfare.
“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to support the animals we serve and to work with the community we have that has really been with us through thick and thin, especially over the past few years. “
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