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Betty White Challenge: Rescue Village in Geauga County naming animals after Betty White

They're also following along with the traditional challenge of asking for donations.

NOVELTY, Ohio — Hundreds of animal shelters across the country are taking part in the social media-dubbed "Betty White Challenge" -- and that includes local shelters in Northeast Ohio.

The challenge, inspired by White's love of and advocacy for animals, asks for donations to be made at shelters in White's honor on Monday, Jan. 17 -- which would have been White's 100th birthday. White died on New Year's Eve.

Here in Northeast Ohio, Rescue Village in Geauga County is welcoming donations, but taking the challenge a step further. They've named some of their animals after White's TV characters in hopes it helps to get them adopted.

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If you visit the Humane Society in Novelty, you'll find a dog and a cat named Betty, Rose the Goat and her kid, Olaf, named after the town Rose lived in on Golden Girls.

"People like Betty White are so important to places like Rescue Village because they draw an incredible amount of attention to our everyday work, and help us to adopt out animals that are in need," says executive director Kenneth Clarke.

You can find ways to adopt, and to donate to Rescue Village, by visiting their website.


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