Updated: Smyth Invites ‘Betty White Challenge’ Contributions to Animal Shelter

Supervisor Ed Smyth is inviting residents to contribute to the Huntington Animal Shelter as part of the “Betty White  Challenge.”

The Betty White Challenge extends throughout the month. Residents are asked to make a reservation to drop off items, though the shelter will be closed Monday for observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

White, the iconic TV actress, had a lifelong commitment to care for animals, sponsoring health studies, paying for rescues of animals from Hurricane Katrina, and supporting many  animal-related nonprofits. She died Dec. 31 at 99, just weeks short of what would have been her 100th birthday on Jan.17.

The shelter takes donations of all types of items (blankets, detergent, food, etc.), the items the shelter needs most are flat collars (sizes M, L, XL), flat leashes, treats, and indestructible toys.  Items on the wish list can be dropped off at the supervisor’s office at Town Hall or directly to the shelter when it is open. Items are also welcomeat the cat shelter, run by Little Shelter. Call  (631) 651-9788.  

“In honor of what would have been the legendary Betty White’s 100th birthday on January 17, I’m asking her fans — and all dog lovers who can afford to do so – to donate $5 in her name to our Give a Dog a Dream charity, which funds medically necessary surgeries for shelter dogs in need, or donate a wish list item to our shelter,” Smyth said.

Give a Dog a Dream Inc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in veterinary care and advanced dog behavior modification training. Proceeds fund medically necessary surgeries and behavior modification training for Town of Huntington Animal Shelter dogs. Huntington Animal Shelter success stories funded by Give a Dog a Dream can be found online: https://www.giveadogadream.org/success_stories

Because of Covid-19 related staffing shortages, the Huntington Animal Shelter is open by appointment only. Call ahead to drop off items or schedule a visit with the dogs at (631) 754-8722. The Huntington Animal Shelter is located at 106 Deposit Road, East Northport, NY 11731 Monday-Friday (8am – 6pm), Weekends (9am – 4pm). After-Hours Emergency Calls Only (631) 351-3234.

The Town of Huntington Cat Shelter, located next door to the dog shelter (at 104 Deposit Road), is managed by Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. For details on donating to the cat shelter, please call (631) 651-9788.

The Betty White Challenge encourages people to donate $5 to animal rescues and shelters in her name.



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