When the famous Smith family (Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and their children Willow and Jaden) were in Beijing to film The Karate Kid remake in 2009, they found a dog on the film studio lot. The dog, later named Xiao Yong (“Brave Little One”), was sent to the International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) for tests, medical care, vaccinations and boarding. He was eventually adopted by the family.
While visiting ICVS, Jada and Willow Smith also fell in love with two stray kittens –Bonifacio and Efigenio – that were part of the animal hospital’s Trap-Neuter-Return program. They were found by the ambassador of Portugal and his wife on embassy grounds. The Smiths decided to adopt the kittens too, and returned to the US with three new family members.
ICVS now has a special message from the Smiths encouraging more people to adopt stray animals. “There are so many animals that need to be adopted. There are so many animals that need a home. But mostly, there is an animal that needs your love,” said Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“There are some animals that need to be adopted and we can help. And they need your love,” added Willow.
Having a pet in the family will not only keep you company and bring you love, but the experience can also be very educational for kids. Children who grew up with a pet tend to develop better social skills and a better sense of responsibility.
To welcome a new member of the family, visit the Adoptable Pets page on ICVS’ website to see which animals are available for adoption.
Photo courtesy of ICVS