What is the Betty White Challenge?

Fans of the legendary and beloved comedian, actress, and animal welfare advocate will honor America's Sweetheart by making donations to their local animal shelters. The social media challenge encourages fans to celebrate what has been declared as "Betty White Day" on January 17th, which would have been her 100th birthday, by contributing a minimum of $5 to help feed, shelter, and provide medical care to animals in need.

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Learn More About Betty White's Impassioned Lifelong Dedication to Animals

Betty White donated much of her time and money to animal nonprofits, she even released a book in 2011 titled "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo." There is also a fantastic nonfiction children's book titled "My Little Golden Book About Betty White" which also touches on her dedication to helping animals.

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How You Can Help Locally

Here are links to animal rescue shelters of Western Montana that will accept donations online. If there are any shelters/helpers you would like to add, please tell us in the Facebook comments so we can share the info on our list.

Humane Society of Western Montana

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Life Savers Animal Rescue of Polson

Thompson River Animal Care Shelter of Thompson Falls

Bitter Root Humane Association serving the Bitterroot

Pet Connection Rescue Advocacy & Sanctuary of Lincoln County

Flathead Shelter Friends

Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter of Lincoln County

Kootenai Pets for Life of Libby

Humane Society of Northwest Montana

We were bummed to learn that the Betty White 100th birthday special "100 Years Young" will not be showing in Missoula. The film will be screening in theaters across the country on "Betty White Day," January 17th, including Helena, Kalispell, and Coeur d'Alene. Learn more here.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

Why do cats have whiskers? Why do they meow? Why do they nap so much? And answers to 47 other kitty questions:

Why do they meow? Why do they nap so much? Why do they have whiskers? Cats, and their undeniably adorable babies known as kittens, are mysterious creatures. Their larger relatives, after all, are some of the most mystical and lethal animals on the planet. Many questions related to domestic felines, however, have perfectly logical answers. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions related to kittens and cats, and the answers cat lovers are looking for.

LOOK: Stunning animal photos from around the world

From grazing Tibetan antelope to migrating monarch butterflies, these 50 photos of wildlife around the world capture the staggering grace of the animal kingdom. The forthcoming gallery runs sequentially from air to land to water, and focuses on birds, land mammals, aquatic life, and insects as they work in pairs or groups, or sometimes all on their own.