MANSFIELD --  Although the #bettywhitechallenge doesn't officially take place until Jan. 17, The Humane Society of Richland County has already started receiving donations in the star's honor.

"When Betty White passed away at the age of 99 late last month, the country mourned the loss of a celebrity icon, but also the loss of a powerful voice in animal advocacy," said Linda Chambers, Managing Director of HSRC. "Almost immediately the hashtag #bettywhitechallenge trended, encouraging people on social media to donate $5 to animal rescues and shelters throughout the country to memorialize this beloved woman on (what would have been) her 100th birthday."

The effects of White's celebrity were immediately evident.

"We received our first $5 donation the first day. This is powerful for several reasons," Chambers said. :It is obviously providing needed funds for so many animal welfare organizations, but it also brings extra attention to the struggles and needs of (specifically) non-profit shelters like ours.

"These funds will help so many deserving animals in our care."

The Humane Society of Richland County has already raised over $1,000 through their Facebook page alone. People interested in donating to The Humane Society of Richland County in Ms. White's honor may do so on the shelters Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/adoptourstrays, or through the website, www.adoptourstrays.com/support-us, or in person at 3025 Park Avenue West in Ontario, Ohio 44906.

Humane Society of Richland County is a 501c3 non profit organization that does not receive any state, local, or federal funding. Interested in supporting us or learning more about HSRC? Follow us on Facebook or go to our website at www.adoptourstrays.com.

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