‘Betty White Challenge’ brings in over $10,000 for FMSPCA

In what is usually a slow month for donations, the Fort McMurray SPCA (FMSPCA) saw a huge uptick in monetary donations thanks to the ‘Betty White Challenge.’

The challenge encouraged people to donate towards animal rescues that were close to them on what would of been Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17.

FMSPCA Executive Director Chuck Brandsgard said when he first heard of the challenge, they didn’t want to take advantage of it.

“We did our homework first. Made sure it was okay with the family and editor of the post, and once we did all our checking, we decided to roll with it. Honestly we expected some donations, but not as much as we did, it was a phenomenal turnout.”

As of Wednesday, Jan. 19, Brandsgard said he couldn’t tell how many donations came through but it was over $11,000.
“Super proud of Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo area. When people put their mind to it they impress us every time and it is just so impressive what the community has done for us so far.”
He says $11,000 can do a lot of things for the FMSPCA from vaccinations and medications for the animals, to spaying and neutering them.
The Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals said Thursday morning (Jan. 20) that donations from the challenge in Alberta we’re just shy of $850,000.

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