SAN ANGELO, Texas — After the death of the actress, philanthropist and comedian Betty White, the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue felt its newborn donkey should be named after her. After all, the beloved actress donated to the organization over the years.
White was a consistent donor since 2006, and meant a lot to the Peaceful Valley community. Rescue owner Mark Meyers said after White’s death, they decided to name the baby donkey in her honor.
“The donkey was born Dec. 25. We lost the real Betty White on New Year's Eve and so it instantly came to us that she was gonna be Betty. Betty White had been a donor of Peaceful Valley since 2006. She was a huge animal lover. So we lost not only a donor but an animal advocate all around the world." Meyers said.
Not long after her death, the “Betty White Challenge” was created on social media to encourage people to donate at least $5 to an animal shelter or rescue organization.
Many organizations, including Peaceful Valley, rely on donations to operate.
“We’re a 501 (c) (3) organization and we rely on the people for donations. I hope everybody remembers Peaceful Valley and donates to the donkey's and support little Betty White Jr. here," he said.
Mark and Amy Meyers started the rescue as a backyard hobby more than a decade ago. After purchasing their first donkey, Izzy, as a pet, the Meyers’ began to notice other donkeys in their community in various stages of abuse and neglect.
Now more than a decade later, the rescue sits on 172 acres of land with a thousand donkeys on the property and more than 30 employees ready to work and help these animals.
So, on what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday - Jan. 17, it is encouraged to continue her legacy and animal advocacy and donate to a good cause.