Morris Animal Foundation is remembering the life and incredible impact of Betty White, President Emeritus, after news of her passing.
As many know, White remained committed to helping animals throughout her life. According to a press release from the foundation, White devoted her life to improving the lives of animals and was part of the Morris Animal Foundation family for over 50 years, supporting its mission to advance the health of animals around the world.
She served as a Trustee, Board President, Board President Emeritus, donor, spokesperson and other numerous roles.
Highlights of her tenure at the Foundation include:
- Serving as a Trustee from 1971-2013, as Canine Division Vice President from 1973-1982 and as Board President from 1982-85.
- Ensuring the Foundation continued to move forward in its mission to improve the lives of animals through her active participation in scientific discussions.
- Hosting events on behalf of Morris Animal Foundation, including the Gorillas in the Mist motion picture premiere.
- Raising awareness as a national spokesperson.
- Sponsoring more than 30 animal health studies to improve the health of cats, dogs, horses and multiple species of wildlife, including California sea otters and mountain gorillas.
- Established Betty White Wildlife Fund.
One of her last acts of philanthropy for Morris Animal Foundation was to establish the Betty White Wildlife Fund, largely in response to the catastrophic effects of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill on marine life. Since Betty’s initial gift, others have contributed to and grown the fund and it has been used as a first line of defense in critical wildlife emergencies.
The foundation is asking those who would like to honor Betty White to consider making a memorial gift to the Betty White Wildlife Fund at Morris Animal Foundation to benefit at-risk animals around the world.
About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals.Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.
In addition to the Morris Animal Foundation, another animal-related organization is remembering the life of the actress and animal advocate. According to a presss release from American Humane, Betty White never met an animal she didn’t like and, through her 70-year support of American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, championed the cause of millions of furred, finned and feathered friends around the world.
White volunteered her passionate service as a member of American Humane’s board of directors, supported the organization’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program protecting animals in film and television, lent her services to the group’s fund-raising activities, acted as a judge and presenter for the nationally televised American Humane Hero Dog Awards, and served as the chair of its now 106-year-old nationwide “Be Kind to Animals Week®.”
Founded in 1877, American Humane is the United States’ first national humane organization. For more information, visit www.AmericanHumane.org.
Those who wish to honor White’s memory via a donation to American Humane, can use the following link for more information: Donations in memory of Betty White.
SOURCES: Morris Animal Foundation and American Humane