It felt like a punch to the gut hearing the horrible news of Betty White's passing on New Year's Eve. The outpouring of sadness on social media really put a damper on all of those Happy New Year posts. The one that really got me was a photo of all 4 Golden Girls hugging, with a caption "This is happening in Heaven right now."

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Betty White was a tireless supporter of animals, and gave a lot of her time to help thousands of zoos, animal rescues and shelters over the years. According to Newsweek.com, she released a book titled "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo" and reportedly was the caretaker of 26 dogs.

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Social media is erupting today with the #BettyWhiteChallenge, which asks that you honor Betty's memory on what would have been her 100th birthday, Monday January 17, 2022, with a $5 donation to your local animal rescues and shelters.

Local shelters around Connecticut are starting to catch on to the #BettyWhiteChallenge, Waterbury's Brass City Rescue Alliance just posted this to their Facebook page -

It's so good to see what happens when you harness the power of social media in the name of a great idea. I stand with Betty White and her love of animals, and I will be sending a $5 donation to Brass City Rescue Alliance on January 17.

If you're looking for a local animal shelter or rescue around Connecticut to donate to for the #BettyWhiteChallenge, or maybe you're just looking for your new best friend, here's a few to look into, click on the name to be directed to their website:

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