JOPLIN, Mo. — Local animal shelters are feeling the love after donations in the name of Betty White have totaled almost $15,000 for the area.

The Joplin Humane Society received $6,600 and at least a thousand pounds of dog food.

Golden Paw received $1,600 and an abundance of food and blanket donations. More than $2,500 were donated to the Carthage Humane Society.

And in Kansas — the SEK Humane Society raised $4,000 to pay for surgeries, medication and other treatments for its shelter animals.


JOPLIN, Mo. — Today, January 17th, would have been a milestone for Betty White had she not passed away recently.

She would have turned 100 years old.

Fans of the actress are donating either money, supplies, or their time at Humane Societies across the country in honor of the beloved entertainer. Among them, Sheila Miller, who made a contribution at the Joplin Humane Society.

“We brought in some dog food and some cat food in honor of Betty White. Today would have been her 100th birthday. She was a huge animal activist, and we heard on Facebook that as a suggestion to honor her memory, was to come in and donate. So we chose today,” said Miller.

“Celebrities can play a big role in advocating for animals, homeless pets, spay and neuter programs, things like that. When they take their platform and they use that to promote these things, it is a huge benefit to those animals in need,” said Tianna Fisher, Humane Society Shelter Services Manager.

If you’d like to make a donation in White’s honor to the Joplin Humane Society, you can follow this link to their website.