By: Claire Roberson, Communications Director

“Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.” -Betty White

Betty White was a role model to many adoring fans, but she was an even bigger role model to animal advocates everywhere. She lived a beautiful 99 years dedicating her life to entertaining us all and inspiring us to create a brighter future for animals in need. That is why on what was to be her 100th birthday (Monday, January 17th), the Betty White Challenge was born to encourage supporters to donate just $5 to a local animal shelter.

The Betty White Challenge is sweeping the internet and the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, your area’s only no kill, nonprofit animal shelter, is looking to join in on the fun! On Monday, January 17th, from 11am to 4:30pm, the SPCA will be hosting a “Golden Girls” Adoption Event – 199 Willow Run Road, Aiken.

This event will feature adoption specials, a $5 donation drive & other “Golden Girls” themed fun as we celebrate the life of a beloved pioneer of animal advocacy. Senior adoptable animals (ages 6+) will be available fee-waived and female animals will be available with just a $5 donation. All adoptions include a spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations and microchip.

Adopters must be over the age of 18, present a valid ID and up-to-date vaccination records for any current pets (if applicable). They are also asked to bring a leash if adopting a dog or a carrier if adopting a cat.

In addition to the adoption specials, there will be a “Golden Girls” themed raffle, photo props, famous “Golden Girls” cheesecake & a $5 donation drive. Donations can be made in person at the SPCA Albrecht Center – 199 Willow Run Road, Aiken. Online donations can easily be made at – please select the “Betty White Challenge” under “Campaign” to indicate you are honoring the late great Betty White.

Adoptable animals can also be viewed online at

The SPCA Albrecht Center would like to say, “thank you ‘fur’ being a friend!” to all of our supporters.

The SPCA Albrecht Center is a private, nonprofit organization operating under IRS 501(c)(3). You can rest assured that 100% of your donation is going to our animals as we do not receive government funding nor funding from the ASPCA (separate entity).

Claire Roberson has been with the SPCA Albrecht Center as the Communications Director for over five years, working in marketing, grant writing & media correspondence. She attended College of Charleston, where she graduated with a degree in Nonprofit Business & interned with Charleston Animal Society, the leader in the No-Kill South Carolina initiative. She is proud to be working for her hometown’s only nonprofit, no kill animal shelter. Outside of work, Claire enjoys the arts, snuggling with her cat Anakin and pursuing ways to make the world a better place.

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a private, nonprofit, no kill animal shelter in Aiken, SC. The SPCA also operates a local Thrift Store (“Where Shopping Saves Lives”), a public, affordable Veterinary Care Center & a Dog Park. It is our mission to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative efforts, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all.