Dog named Betty White breaks shelter’s adoption record

A rescue dog named Betty White broke adoption application records at a Houston shelter this week, reaching the maximum number of applications allowed (10) in just two hours.

Just like her namesake, the Houston Humane Society (HHS) says Betty White, the dog, is strong and resilient after spending most of her life on the streets.

The dog arrived at the shelter just days after the actress died on Dec. 31.

The dog was found roaming the streets of Houston, a “scruffy, severely matted little Maltese mix … in poor condition,” said HHS marketing manager Angelina Saucedo. Newsweek.

“We knew it was fitting to name her Betty White for her strength and resilience,” she added.

Upon arrival, vets had deemed Betty White to be an elderly dog ​​based on her appearance, with feces and urine in her tail, matted fur and severe malnutrition.

It wasn’t until she was fully examined that her teeth showed that she was only one year old. “Not a senior pup by any means,” Saucedo said.

Betty White upon her arrival at the shelter.
Houston Humane Society

After posting her story on Facebook, the shelter received support from Texans and those further afield, including a groomer who completely turned Betty White inside out.

“A lot of people reached out to give her, you know, gifts and toys and treats, but one person in particular reached out to give her a groom, so she got a glamorous shoot,” said Saucedo. “You can just see that the makeover she received helped her blossom with her personality.

“She’s more friendly. She’s more welcoming to people who cuddle her. So we’re so grateful for the love and support from the community here, not just in Houston, but nationally.”

It wasn’t just Betty White’s physical appearance that needed attention, her health as well. She arrived with heartworms, a common disease in outdoor pets that is contracted by a bite from an infected mosquito.

“So she must have been on the streets for a while. We don’t know how long. But we do know it takes a while for a dog to become HIV positive. ‘one year, she must have been on the streets for a while.”

Fortunately, heartworm can be treated, but not without high drug prices, which HHS says would reduce the number of applications.

A needless concern, however, because in two hours, the shelter had reached the maximum number of requests for adoption of Betty White.

“Betty White, of course, she’s a smaller dog. She’s named after a legend. It took about less than two hours for the applications to come in when we reached our limit. 10 was a number we knew we had to cut. Otherwise, we were just going to break so many hearts letting them know they weren’t going to adopt Betty,” Saucedo said.

“Receiving 10 in under two hours was something we had never seen before for a dog.”

Betty White the dog
Betty White after her glamor shoot.
Houston Humane Society
Betty White the dog
Betty White before her adoption.
Houston Humane Society

In a happy ending to the story, Betty White arrived with a new family in her forever home on Thursday, after various meetings at the shelter to decide on the perfect fit. Betty White now has two human siblings in a household that has been used to caring for a dog all her life.

“So we’re thrilled for Betty, because she’s only one year old. So hopefully, you know, this family can also keep her until she crosses the rainbow,” explained Saucedo.

“We broke the news to several of these nine other families, and one of them came to adopt a terrier, so a different dog. And they decided to name the dog Betty.”

Late actress Betty White impacted the shelter in more than just her name, as shelters across the US geared up for Monday, January 17 with the “Betty White Challenge” expecting floods of donations to animal shelters to honor what would have been her 100th birthday.

HHS honored the Hollywood legend and animal advocate’s birthday month with a Betty White Memorial Fund in her name, where donations will be used to care for rescued animals and find their own forever homes.

“Without the support of people like Betty White who promote animal care and lifesaving work for animals, [and the] support from people who care about the mission, our mission cannot continue,” summarized Saucedo.

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