The late Betty White receives an honor that she surely would have enjoyed from a bunch of animal namesakes.
The ‘Golden Girls’ icon has openly declared her love of animals and has regularly donated and volunteered for animal related organizations. While some of this work was public at the time, other acts of charity largely slipped the radar during White’s lifetime and are only becoming more widely known now, such as the time she paid to do fly animals from a storm-struck aquarium to safety after Hurricane Katrina.
After White died on New Years Eve at the age of 99, stories have sprung up about animal shelters and other organizations honoring the actor by naming some of their four-legged residents after him.
A donkey and a guide dog
In some cases, these are nonprofits from which White has benefited directly. Texas-based Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue has received tens of thousands of dollars over the years in checks signed by “Betty White-Ludden.” (White’s late husband was the host of the game show Allen Ludden.)
“A lot of people said it could be any Betty White, but the checks came from her house under her name and then started coming from her management company,” said Mark Meyers, director. Peaceful Valley Executive. told the San Angelo Standard-Times. “It was the real Betty White deal.”
So when the rescue group struggled to come up with a name for a fuzzy foal born on Christmas, they made a decision after learning of the actor’s death. The colt’s full name is now Betty White-Ludden, although most simply call her Betty. The rescue also dedicated its newly renovated nursery to White.
And Guide Dogs for the Blind, which trains and provides guide dogs with free of charge to people who are blind or visually impaired, named one of her new puppies BettyRose, in reference to her “Golden Girls” character Rose Nylund, CEO Christine Benninger told TMZ.
White has appeared in public service announcements for the nonprofit organization and has also made an annual “generous gift” donation. Benninger said today. She even adopted a golden retriever, Pontiac, which turned out not to be made for guide dog work.
Even organizations without a direct connection to White are still embracing the naming trend. All4Paws Animal Rescue staff in Pawleys Island, SC felt Betty was a perfect name for an adorable puppy who was run over by a car and found around the same time White died.
“Betty our little puppy, our broken little puppy girl, she’s an absolute darling,” Amelia Cummings, spokesperson for All4Paws. tell WPDE. “So just the correlation between the two, the timing, that was just perfect. Like absolutely, it has to be Betty.
And the Houston Humane Society of Texas gave its name to a small white dog found wandering the streets in the cold.
“We named her after the legendary and beautiful and tough Betty White”, spokesperson Olivia Valdez told KHOU.
The animal shelter was also using this dog Betty White to help publicize a campaign that emerged on social media in the days following the actor’s death, the “Betty Blanche challenge. The ‘challenge’ encourages fans to donate $ 5 to a shelter or animal shelter on January 17, which would have been White’s 100th birthday.
A cat that was ahead of the curve
Another animal spokesperson for the challenge had been named after the actor, or at least, his most iconic role while White was still alive. A cat named Rose Nylund has been available for adoption at the Maui Humane Society of Hawaii for over 100 days, Hawaii News Now Reported. the organic gray tabby notes She misses having a family and says, “If you would help me start over, I would be your ‘Golden Girl’ for the rest of my years! “