Two Internet Animal Stars, One Heartwarming Weekend | NBC Southern California

Two Internet Animal Stars, One Heartwarming Weekend

Lil Bub is meeting fans at Adopt & Shop Culver City; Lentil Bean visited the Operation Smile gala.

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    Internet star Lil Bub will raise money to help animals, at the Adopt & Shop in Culver City on Saturday, Sept. 20. Lentil the French bulldog stopped by the Smile Gala in Beverly Hills on Sept. 19.

    You know how awards season, that December-February window of time, tends to increase the star-sightings 'round these parts? Suddenly you're seeing nominees and mondo-biggo-name-os at the grocery store, at the gym, at the everywhere?

    Call the last weekend in summer exactly like that, only for internet animal stars.

    Both Lil Bub, a cat who hails from Indiana, and Lentil Bean, a French bulldog who calls Pennsylvania home, jetted into Los Angeles this week to meet fans and raise funds and awareness for causes dear to them (and, of course, to their humans).

    Lentil Bean's red-carpet turn happened on Friday, Sept. 19 when he walked into the Smile Gala at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Lentil, who was born in 2013 with a cleft palate, was named Ambassadog by Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to providing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries at no-cost.

    Photos of the wee wagger's turn before the cameras, complete in his small suit and necktie (which boasted the Operation Smile logo), can be found on his Facebook page. (Props to his person-mom Lindsay Condefer, too, for her work for the organization, too.)

    And Lil Bub? She's in Southern California to appear at the LA Feline Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21, but the famous puss is spending the day before raising funds for No Kill Los Angeles via an appearance at Adopt & Shop Culver City.

    Want to say hello to the wide-eyed, tongue-sticking-out kitty cat? That furry lass who pops up on your various feeds at least once a week, spreading cat-cute-a-bility -- a totally real thing -- and general cheer?

    Be at Adopt & Shop at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

    Tickets are fifty bucks and all the money goes to charity (with half helping out NKLA). Oh, and check it out: A ticket means "you get to pet her!"

    Nice work, Lil Bub, and you, too, Lentil. Who says internet animal stardom is just about the awwing? Turns out there's some mighty muscle in the do-good-ing arena here, too.

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