Donate To One of These Local Animal Shelters

With the passing of legendary actress Betty White on New Year’s Eve, just weeks after her 100th birthday that was to fall on January 17, there’s plenty of hype surrounding the movement, #BettyWhiteChallenge, to honor her legacy of being an avid supporter of animal-related causes throughout her life.

Here’s the message being posted on social media…

On Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17th,
Everyone should choose a local rescue or animal shelter
in your area and donate $5 only in the name of Betty White.
Make her 100th birthday the move she deserves.”

Can you imagine how many millions of animals would benefit if everyone participated in this? Sounds like an impossible dream but not if we all have this in common. The best part is that it is easy to do and has an amazing impact on improving the lives of animals.

My idea is that given that I laughed countless times while watching Betty White’s character “Rose” on the TV show “Golden Girls,” $5 is the least I can give to a local nonprofit that helps animals!

In addition, I have enjoyed several cats that were adopted through the Susquehanna SPCA, just outside of Cooperstown, and I fully realize how much pets enrich our lives. It’s time to give back to local animals in need of care and below, I have suggestions for great local animal shelters that you can donate to if you’re looking for ideas:

Chenango Province:
The Chenango SPCA – 6160 County Road 32, Norwich

Delaware County:
Delaware Valley Humane Society – 101 Main Street, Sydney
Heart of the Catskills Humane Society – 46610 Highway 10, Delhi

Otsego County:
Susquehanna SPCA – 5082-5088, NY-28, Cooperstown
Super Heroes In Ripped Jeans (Animal Shelter) – 697 Winney Hill Rd. , ONEONTA

Well, remember now, mark your calendar for January 17th and get ready to donate to your favorite animal shelter or rescue, and let the amazing feelings of doing something good in the name of Betty White flow in you!

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