A handful of Hollywood’s hippest stars came out Saturday (March 24) night in Beverly Hills for the Genesis Awards, The Humane Society’s annual event to honor those in the entertainment industry who’ve done their part for animals.
Among those on hand, host and “Dancing with the Stars“ judge Carrie Ann Inaba arrived in a stunning teal blue gown hugging her fabulous curves, along with the night’s honoree, “The Vampire Diaries'” Ian Somerhalder and performer Colbie Caillat.
Also in attendance were Rose McGowan, Ke$ha, Moby, Wilmer Valderrama, Sophia Bush, Wendy Mallick, Jason Ritter and Michael Vartan. Of course, it was really Uggie, canine breakout star of the Oscar-winning film, “The Artist,” who ruled the red carpet, showing off his shaggy coif to the paparazzi, per usual.
Asked about the power of celebrity to further a cause, the batch of familiar faces told Zap2It, it’s all about finding something you believe in, and putting your voice behind it.
Caillat, who went vegan only weeks ago, rocked super-sexy animal-free stilettos (below). Her decision to support the Humane Society’s mission was a no-brainer; in fact, she’s also signed on board to advocate for the organization’s work in shutting down puppy mills.
“Castle” actor Jon Huertas has his own charity organization, Puppies Behind Bars, which enables prisoners to train dogs in their cells before passing them along to war veterans as a means of therapy.
The former vet and actor says, “What surprised me is where these inmates start when they begin this program and where they are when they finish. They’re a different person. The best thing is it teaches them patience. A lot of these inmates, they’re in prison because they wanted an easy solution to what the problem was. They robbed somebody…They wanted the fastest, easiest solution. But you gotta have patience to train a dog.”
While “Parenthood’s” Ritter says his apartment restricts him from keeping a pooch, he did say that, should he reincarnate one day as an animal, he’d definitely show up as a dog.
“I think I’d be a dog because I believe everything I see in front of me,” he says. “I have enthusiasm for no reason sometimes. And I’m easily distracted.”