Animal Rescue League receives over $28K thanks to Betty White Challenge

The shelter will hold a free adoption event as a result of the campaign

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County has received over $28,632.85 from 820 donors thanks to the #BettyWhiteChallenge breaking the shelter’s record for the most amount of gifts ever made to the ARL in one day by more than 500 donations.

“The Betty White Challenge was the most incredible community effort I have seen in my fundraising career to date. Betty left an incredible legacy on the world, and to see that trickle down to local communities is simply astounding” said Ashley Mikulsky, Chief Development Officer.

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“This Challenge proved that there is no such thing as ‘just a $5 donation.’ When a collective body of philanthropically motivated people come together, an incredible impact can be made on deserving nonprofit causes; and that is a message we hope our donors remember forever.”

In 2021, the ARL admitted 5,370 animals into their care and these donations will allow the shelter to keep helping more animals in the community.

Due to the number of donations received, the ARL will be hosting a free adoption event starting Wednesday, January 19 through Friday, January 21, to help free up space for animals that are currently waiting to enter ARL’s care. The adoption event will include cats over 6 months of age and dogs over 3 years of age.

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For more information about the free adoptions event, adopters can visit or email

The Betty White Challenge was started by Betty White’s fans on social media soon after her death was announced last December and was looking to honor the actress’s passion for animals.

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