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The #BettyWhiteChallenge carries on actor’s legacy ― and her love for animals

Betty White called television her hobby and animals her work.
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 4:29 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2022 at 12:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Monday would’ve been Betty White’s 100th birthday.

The national icon dedicated her career to television, but her true passion was animals.

And in the wake of her death on Dec. 31, 2021 at the age of 99, a movement called the #BettyWhiteChallenge has spread on social media.

It asks people to donate money to animal shelters or rescues in White’s name on Jan. 17 ― the day she would’ve turned 100.

The Hawaiian Humane Society jumped at the chance to participate.

“I mean, it’s an amazing way to honor her name. Her entire life she was an advocate for the animals. She had 26 rescue dogs herself. She was known to say that she loved anything with a leg on each corner, which I thought was really funny,” said Jessica Tronoski, of the nonprofit.

White visited the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Moiliili campus back in 1988.

“She was not only here for a benefit event called Night of Stars. She was also our honorary chair of celebrities for that event and helped bring some of her fellow animal-loving friends,” Tronoski said. “But she also took several hours to visit our campus and speak with our team members and our volunteers.”

The movement is going statewide ― with animal shelters on Kauai, the Big Island, and Maui also participating.

In fact, just this week, the Maui Humane Society found a fur-ever home for a cat name “Rose Nyland” — after Betty White’s loveable character on the “Golden Girls.” The adorable kitty had been waiting over 100 days to be adopted, and the humane society said a couple from Oahu flew to Maui to get her and welcome her home.

The kitty who had been waiting to be adopted met its new parents this weekend.
The kitty who had been waiting to be adopted met its new parents this weekend.(Maui Humane Society)

For details on the #BettyWhiteChallenge, click here.

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