This adopted puppy named Mac N Cheese didn’t always have a glamorous life in the spotlight. With the help of Paw Works, a California-based animal recuse organization, and Jamie Lee Curtis, they helped her become the star of the 94th Academy Awards this year.
Before becoming the talk of the Awards show, Jamie Lee Curtis held Mac N Cheese close as she honored Betty White and her dedication to animal welfare during the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars Sunday. The actress personally supported many animal-related nonprofits throughout her career, donating, volunteering, and fundraising, all to fulfill her passion for helping animals in need, says Today News.
Good Dog Animals, a production company for animals, was originally going to provide a trained dog for this part of the show. Still, Jamie Lee Curtis insisted that Betty would have wanted a rescue up on stage instead. “No, no, no, we can’t do that. Betty White is known for her compassion for four-legged friends, and she was always a huge advocate of animal rescue. It has to be a rescue animal” People reported.
“Day in and day out for almost a century, [White] was a woman who cared so much for not just her two-legged friends but for animals just like this. So, the greatest gift you could give Betty White is to open your heart and your home and adopt a rescue dog just like Mac & Cheese from Paw Works,” said Curtis in her speech.
When Mac N Cheese, her three siblings, and her mom showed up at the door of the Avenal Animal Shelter, Paw Works came to the rescue and brought the pets to their facility for health exams and to ultimately help find foster homes for the family.
When it was time for the 2022 Oscars, Mac N Cheese was the only member of her family that had yet to find a forever home. However, Mac N Cheese was in for the surprise of a lifetime. She ended up being the pooch picked for the big award show moment, thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis and her dedication to honor Betty.
After Mac N Cheese’s big moment in front of the crowd, the puppy quickly became a celebrity which made it easy to find her a forever home. While many people showed interest in adopting Mac N Cheese, it was John Travolta who “eye locked” with the puppy, held her for 30 minutes, said he wanted to adopt her, and followed up the next day, says People.
Travolta uploaded this photo of himself with his 11-year-old son Ben, who welcomed Mac N Cheese into their family with open arms. He captioned the post, “Ben adopted this dog from last night’s Oscar tribute to Betty White.” He also thanked “Halloween” star Curtis as well as Paw Works. This heartwarming story goes to show that Betty White’s honorable legacy and lifelong commitment to helping animals will continue to live on.
To learn more about Paw Works, including their nonprofit veterinary hospitals and hands-on volunteer programs (starting for kids as young as six), visit the organization’s website.
Along with adopting animals, those interested in supporting stray animals can opt to donate, volunteer, or foster pets looking for a permanent loving home. If you are interested in fostering a pet, you can fill out their questionnaire here. You can also donate to help their work here.
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