A recent social media challenge swept across the internet on Monday, and a wave of positivity and donations to a great cause came along with it.

The #BettyWhiteChallenge kicked off on January 17th in honour of the late actress’ 100th birthday—a movement of people donating to an animal shelter or organization in her name.

The BC SPCA and its dozens of locations across the province joined in on the fun, posting to their social media that they would indeed be accepting donations in honour of the prolific animal lover’s special day.

In total, $405,439 was donated to the BC SPCA from around the province.

Wild ARC BC, who works to rehabilitate wild animals, also received an abundance of love, taking to Facebook to announce that they collected over $6,000 on Monday, and adding that every donation in Betty’s honour would go a long way.

“We wish we could describe to you just how awe struck everyone at the BC SPCA is by this INCREDIBLE outpouring of love for animals,” reads the Facebook post.

Wild ARC went on to add that they went as far as to get in touch with Betty White’s team to let them know “the huge impact” the donations had, and posted that they replied saying, “She would be very happy and so proud that she could be of help.”

Wild ARC – the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre is operated by the BC SPCA and is the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, treating 3,000 wild animals annually.

The centre is open 365 days a year to help sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals, and depend on the support and donations of compassionate animal-lovers.

“It is moments like these that bring a lot of tears and relief around to our staff, knowing that we don’t have to struggle with any hard decisions in the near future,” said Wild ARC in response to the many donations received on Monday.

“Thank you and thank you, Betty, wherever you are.”

Wild ARC accepts donations year round, and you can donate here.

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