Written by: Victoria Broehm | January 17, 2022
Like the rest of America, I was sad to hear the news of Betty White’s passing on New Year’s Eve, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday, which would have been today. She has always held a special place in my heart – not only because she shares a Jan. 17 birthday with my grandma (who is turning 96 today!!), but because she always put a smile on people’s faces and used her talents for service of others, including some four-legged creatures.
“I have to stay in show business to pay for my animal business.”
An animal lover and avid supporter of animal-related nonprofits, White had a natural curiosity to learn about animals of all shapes and sizes from around the world. And her passion for animal conservation and animal healthcare is noted throughout the many projects she worked on over her 99 years.
It was only fitting that after her death, many in social media rallied around the #BettyWhiteChallenge, where fans were asked to donate $5 to their local animal rescues or shelters in her honor on her birthday. Along with several of the American Feed Industry Association staff, we made a donation today to support the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, based near our headquarters in Arlington, Va. We are hoping that our donation will be used to buy much-needed pet food for dogs and cats waiting for their furr-ever homes.
While we will miss our “Golden Girl,” hopefully some of her advice for how to live a long, happy life will stick with us long after her death:
“I’m not preaching, but maybe I learned it from my animal friends: kindness and consideration for somebody besides yourself.… I think that keeps you feeling young, I really do.”