Local dog rescue volunteers welcome ‘Betty White Transport’

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Monday would have been actress Betty White’s 100th birthday. White, who was also an influential animal activist, died on New Year’s Eve. Her life inspired the Betty White Challenge, which focuses national attention on rescue animals. A local nonprofit reflects White’s love for animals.

Taylor Houston of Sioux Falls is an adoptive mother to Kenai, a country sheepdog abandoned by his owner because it turns out Kenai prefers people to farm animals.

“Usually he just stays around my house, or I take him to my parents, they have a huge piece of land. He loves to run and I spoiled him with lots of toys, treats, probably more than I should,” Houston said.

Kenai is one of the dogs that are fostered by B Squad Dog Rescue.

“B Squad gets dogs from all over. We get dogs from our reservations in South Dakota, we have a lot of commercial dog-breeding releases from owner assignments,” said Mandi Haase, director of B Squad Dog Rescue.

B Squad, along with other animal rescue organizations and shelters across the country, pay tribute to the late actress Betty White and her animal activism.

“Betty White, for decades, was a well-known champion for all animals, she really understood the importance of being a responsible pet owner,” Haase said.

B Squad Rescue honors White by hosting the Betty White Transport, sending two vehicles to Missouri to pick up 70 rescue dogs to be brought back here to find new homes.

“We kind of felt the effect of COVID and inflation, like everyone else, and so the cost of our transportation doubled or even tripled with just the cost of gas. We travel thousands of miles each month to be able to accommodate dogs for rescue,” Haase said.

A donation of any amount in Betty White’s name will go a long way in providing rescue animals with the safe, loving homes they deserve.

“There’s no better feeling in the world than seeing what a little love, a little kindness can do for people,” Haase said.

B Squad Rescue is planning another trip south on Wednesday to pick up 30 more rescue dogs. The group raised over $4,000 for Betty White Transport. If you are interested in donating, click here

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