On January 17, 2012, Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday. And how does the animal lover plan to mark the milestone? "I'm going to sit back home with my golden retriever, Pontiac," White told People.com. "I may just do crossword puzzles and indulge myself and have a wonderful time with my dog."
Of course she is! Because White is a longtime enthusiast and animal health advocate, who currently serves as the president emerita of the Morris Animal Foundation and has been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association since 1974.
In honor of her big day, here are WebVet's 5 favorite Betty White animal quotes!
"I do have more in common with animal people," she once said. "I find myself disappointed with those who are not interested in animals, they lack a certain warmth and tend to me a little self centered. Animal people have a certain empathy -- this isn't just me talking now. Research has shown this to be true."
The comedy maven once described herself saying, "I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet because my life is divided absolutely in half - half animals and half show business. You can't ask for better than two things you love the most."
"My husband used to say that television was my hobby and animals were my real life. I just enjoy them more than anything else. "
"People say I'm an animal activists or in animal rights. No, that's not true - I'm in animal health and welfare. That's why I've been with the Morris Animal Foundation for 40 years. We're an organization which funds humane health related studies."
"A lot of people go, "Well, I'll get a dog because I have a kid and a kid needs a dog." And it doesn't work out for that dog and the dog is on the street. If everyone took personal responsibility for their animals, we wouldn't have a lot of the animal problems that we do. I'm a big spay-and-neuter supporter. Don't have babies if you're not going to take care of those babies. We don't need more. We just need to take care of the ones we have. Take responsibility and breathe kindness."
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