#BettyWhiteChallenge sees 55 pets adopted from Animal Services

Thanks to the compassion and support of the community, Pinellas County Animal Services saw 55 pets adopted and $4,347.79 received in donations through the #BettyWhiteChallenge campaign. The initiative honored actress and lifelong animal welfare advocate Betty White, who passed away at age 99 in December.

The #BettyWhiteChallenge became a viral fundraising effort nationwide when shelters and communities found individual ways to honor White’s anticipated 100th birthday and her legacy of caring for animals. Pinellas County Animal Services chose to waive all adoption fees during her birth month in January, and community members promptly began donating to the shelter in White’s honor.

“Pinellas County Animal Services is so grateful for the kindness and generosity of our community,” said Animal Services Director Doug Brightwell. “This community donates, adopts and volunteers with us, and above all, they care about the animals we get the privilege of caring for. Thank you to everyone for your compassion and your support.” 

The Animal Services Shelter currently has pets available for adoption. Those interested in adoption can view adoptable cats and dogs through the Adoption Center. All adoptions include sterilization, registered microchip, age-appropriate vaccines, internal/external parasite prevention and more.

To learn more about Pinellas County Animal Services, visit www.pinellas.gov/animalservices.