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1/19/2022 - Huntington Raises Over $9,500 for Give A Dog A Dream During Betty White Challenge with Huntington Animal Shelter

Huntington – Supervisor Edmund J. Smyth announced the Town of Huntington Betty White Challenge raised $9,585 in donations for Give A Dog A Dream in one week. 


“Our generous residents would have made Betty White proud,” said Supervisor Ed Smyth. “Huntington loves our shelter dogs.” 


Supervisor Smyth, along with his rescue dog Louie, first invited residents to participate in the Betty White Challenge on Wednesday, January 12 and in one week, the Town has raised $9,585 for Give A Dog A Dream from 451 donations. On January 17th alone, which would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday, 339 donations came in totaling $6,749. The Huntington Animal Shelter also received donations of collars, leashes and treats for the Town’s shelter dogs. 


Give a Dog a Dream Inc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formed by the Town in 2014, that funds medically necessary surgeries and treatments, advanced behavior modification training, and costs related to finding forever homes for dogs with the Huntington Animal Shelter long-term, who may be difficult to place in a traditional home due to behavioral issues that cannot be retrained through the shelter's rehabilitation program. Donations can me made online at  


The Shelter takes donations of all types of but items the shelter needs most are flat collars (sizes M, L, XL), flat leashes, treats, and indestructible toys. 


Due to COVID-19-related staffing shortages, the Huntington Animal Shelter is open by appointment only at this time; please call ahead to drop off items or schedule a visit with our dogs at (631) 754-8722. The Huntington Animal Shelter is located at 106 Deposit Road, East Northport, NY 11731 Monday-Friday (8am - 6pm), Weekends (9am - 4pm). After-Hours Emergency Calls Only (631) 351-3234. 


The Town of Huntington Cat Shelter, located next door to the dog shelter (at 104 Deposit Road), is managed by Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. For details on donating to the cat shelter, please call (631) 651-9788. 


The Betty White Challenge encouraged fans of the late actress, who was an animal advocate and passed away on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99, to donate $5 to animal rescues and shelters in her name. January 17, 2022 would have been White’s 100th birthday.