Back in March the Morris Animal Foundation established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund designed to give wildlife researchers much needed monetary aid in times of disaster. Betty White, a Morris Animal Foundation trustee for more than 40 years, promised to match up to $25,000 of all donations made to the fund.
Little did the organization or White know that the need for such a fund would come so soon. Morris Animal Foundation is currently working with wildlife scientists to determine the needs for the animals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“When starting this fund two months ago, we had no idea we would need to use it so quickly,” said Wayne A. Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA, chief scientific officer of Morris Animal Foundation. “Although tragic, events such as these provide research opportunities to develop better methods to diagnose disease and treat affected animals. Through this fund, we hope to provide researchers with much needed funds to act quickly to address wildlife health needs in times of crisis.”
“The need is so great right now. There are some species that may not make it through this,” said White. “Morris Animal Foundation’s rapid response fund was set up just for these types of needs, and I am honored that the Foundation would dedicate this special fund in my name.”
In a recent interview posted by StarPulse, White was asked which was most important—her celebrity status itself or the fact that she is able to use her fame to contribute to charity. White responded, “Oh I think helping the animals is – that’s the lovely upside of any celebrity that happens. I’m not an animal activist. I’m not into anything political, demonstrations, or anything like that. I’m just into animal health and welfare.”
To donate to the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund visit www.firstgiving.com/MAFrapidresponse.