Friend to the Animals, Betty White Dies at Age 99

Los Angeles, CA — Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is saddened by the passing of Betty White, American actor and activist. Ms. White was a friend to animals and worked closely with spcaLA to promote their humane treatment since the 1940s.

Betty Whote holding puppy

Betty White at spcaLA Pet Adoption Center on Jefferson Boulevard

“Betty and I would joke that she would outlive us all,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “She was inspired to lend her celebrity to provide a voice for animals, and brought much attention to the cause of animal welfare. We will miss our Friend for Life.” Ms. Bernstein met Ms. White in the 1990s when Bernstein took the lead of spcaLA as President. In the years that followed, Ms. White participated in spcaLA telethons raising money to extend programs and services, voiced public service announcements (PSAs) to educate the community, and fundraised to build the spcaLA PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center in Long Beach, which has provided adoption and enrichment services for thousands of homeless animals since it opened in 2001.

Ms. White’s legacy will continue in spcaLA’s work to fulfill its mission of preventing cruelty to animals through intervention, law enforcement, education and advocacy. Anyone who would like to make a donation in Betty White’s honor may do so at