Hours before we rang in the New Year, 2021 gave us one last hit with the news of beloved actress + comedian Betty White’s death (as someone who named her car Betty White, you can imagine how I took the news).
After news of her death, social media users worked to come up with an appropriate way to honor what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday on Jan. 17. That brings us to today’s newsletter, which was inspired by one of our readers, Stuart W.
We’re hoping to spark the Betty White Challenge locally, a way to honor Betty while supporting local animal organizations.
Here’s how it works: Choose a local animal shelter or rescue organization (we’ve got a few listed below) + on Jan. 17, donate $5 in Betty White’s name. Stuart’s idea to make it more fun? Donate $1 for every time that she made you laugh — we understand if you need to put a cap on that one, though.
Local animal rescue organizations to support
- The Alice Fund | Provides medical care + supplies to cats whose caregivers lack resources to access such care
- Chattaneuter | low cost spay + neuter clinic
- East Ridge Animal Shelter | East Ridge’s local animal shelter
- For Fox Sake | Wildlife rehabilitation facility
- Humane Education Society | Chattanooga’s Humane Society shelter
- McKamey Animal Center | Local animal shelter
- Naughty Cat Cafe | Cat adoption agency (and cafe)
- North Georgia Animal Alliance | Rescue + adoption organization
- Opie Acres | Wildlife rehabilitation center focused on opossums
- Pet Placement Center | Chattanooga’s oldest no-kill animal shelter
- Reflection Riding | Reflection Riding’s red wolf program works to save this endangered species
- Save One Make a Difference | Volunteer dog rescue
- Scratch Inc. | Cat welfare organization dedicated to reducing the homeless cat population
- Troopers Treasures | Volunteer dog adoption + foster agency
- A Paw and a Prayer | Focused on rescuing dogs in the Greater Chattanooga area.
- ChattaNeuter | A spay/neuter clinic that offers low-cost professional, high-quality care for dogs and cats.
“In my head, I’m the ultimate cougar. Animal lover that I am.” — Betty White