#BettyWhiteChallenge inspires Black Hills residents to help animals

RAPID CITY, S.D. – On what would have been her 100th birthday, Betty White’s love of animals is still being felt in the Black Hills and around the globe.

Humane Society Of The Black HillsThe #BettyWhiteChallenge encourages people to make a donation to an organization of their choice that helps animals. The Humane Society of the Black Hills was quickly inundated with donations of time, money, food and more, all of which go directly to the animals in its care.

“We have had such an outpour of visitors, new donations, donations in memory of Betty White. Our bins filled right away this morning more than once,” Caitlin Ausmann with the Humane Society of the Black Hills said. “They fill fast often, but today it just happened like the snap of a finger. So it’s been a wonderful, wonderful morning already.”

Battle Mountain Humane Society in Hot Springs also saw a big day for the animals in its care. The biggest donation was six pallets of pet food, toys and other much needed supplies.

But donations don’t have to be quite that grand to make a huge difference.

“It doesn’t have to be an exorbitant amount. People can donate five dollars and it will help,” Bruce Truth with the Battle Mountain Humane Society stated. “It’s all going to the betterment of the dogs for the dog care, and the cat care, and whatever else we need.”

Of course, it doesn’t need to be a special day to donate. Both the Humane Society of the Black Hills and the Battle Mountain Humane Society accept donations daily.

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