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Betty White's name is as synonymous with animal advocacy as it is with comedy — and she wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm the luckiest person in the world. My life is divided in absolute half: half animals, half show business," White, 87, tells "They're the two things I love the most and I have to stay in show business to pay for my animal work!" The six-time Emmy winner, who will receive the SAG's Life Achievement Award in January, opened up to us about her lifelong passion and what we can do to be more animal-conscious. You've done so much work with animals over the years. When and how did you become so charity-minded?
Betty White:
Oh, I've always been. I've loved animals since I was in the womb. I was the lucky little girl who had parents who went for a walk and they'd come home with a dog or a cat. "He followed us home, Betty. Can we keep him?" [Laughs]

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