Curtis, who urged folks to pay tribute to animal-lover White's legacy by adopting, convinced Travolta to welcome a furry friend into his own home.
John Travolta and his 11-year-old son Ben just welcomed a new furry friend into their family. The father-son duo was inspired to adopt a rescue dog after meeting her at the Oscars on Sunday night. With a little help from actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Travolta was able to adopt the puppy featured in the Oscars tribute to Betty White. During the awards show, Curtis stepped onto the stage carrying an adorable little dog named Mac & Cheese as part of the tribute (White was well-known for rescuing countless animals throughout her life). Backstage, Travolta made the decision to adopt the pop, TODAY.com reports.
Actor John Travolta and his son Ben adopted a dog. But not just any dog — they chose MacNCheese, the dog Jamie Lee Curtis brought on stage during the Oscars on Sunday. https://t.co/frUivdcbV8— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 29, 2022
Curtis stated during the in memoriam segment, "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." Paw Works is a non-profit organization that partners with county and city shelters to give abandoned animals a second chance at life. That same night, someone texted her an image of Travolta holding the dog in the green room before he presented the award for best actor, she revealed on Instagram.
"I thought it was so beautiful to see him with her," Curtis wrote. "And then today I found out that he and his son, Ben have adopted beautiful little Mac & Cheese and are taking her home today." On Monday, Travolta uploaded a photo of himself with Ben, who held Mac & Cheese in his arms with a big smile on his face. 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.
john travolta adopts tiny dog to complete supervillain look pic.twitter.com/aEApk1XJZF— David M Willis! (@damnyouwillis) March 29, 2022
In the comments section, Travolta's followers, including many fellow celebrities, expressed their excitement. Michelle Pfeiffer, for example, wrote, "Aw... Lucky boy. Lucky dog." Debi Mazar humorously added, "Did he name it Betty?" Meanwhile, Travolta's daughter Ella, aged 21, left three heart emojis in a comment. Everyone agreed that the adoption was a fitting tribute for White, whose love of animals started early on in life. As a young child, she would help take care of pets that her parents took in when their owners could not care for them anymore. In addition to this, she created the TV series "The Pet Set" in the 1970s and supported multiple animal-related nonprofits during her career.
Thanks to the Oscars tribute as well as Travolta's adoption, lots of folks have shown interest in Paw Works and their programming. This just goes to show that even after her passing, White continues to make a positive impact on countless lives. Along with adopting animals, those interested in supporting stray animals can opt to donate, volunteer, or foster pets looking for a loving permanent home. If you are interested in fostering a pet, you can fill out their questionnaire here. You can also make a donation to aid their work here.