Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters will host the fourteenth annual BROADWAY BARKS!, a star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, sponsored by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and with additional sponsorship by the New York Times, the event will take place on Saturday, July 14 in Shubert Alley, the heart of the Broadway Theater District (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m.; celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide will take place between 5-6:30 p.m.
Marking its 14th anniversary of the organization, BROADWAY BARKS! once again will help many of New York City's shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the metropolitan area.
This year we are announcing the sale of the new Broadway Barks! annual calendar, which Ms. Peters will sign these limited edition calendars in addition to her previously released children books, Broadway Barks and Stella is a Star, at 12 noon. All proceeds will benefit Broadway Barks!
Moore and Peters will be joined by Broadway stars of this season such as Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Bill Berloni (Dog Trainer-Annie), Jackie Burns (Wicked), Michael Cerveris (Evita), John Dossett (Newsies), Richard Fleeshman (Ghost), Montego Glover (Memphis), Joel Grey (Anything Goes), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Carol Kane (Harvey), Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Steve Kazee (Once), Angela Lansbury (The Best Man), Dick Latessa (The Lyons), Linda Lavin (The Lyons), Caissie Levy (Ghost), Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess), Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), John McMartin (Anything Goes), Christin Milioti (Once), Bebe Neuwirth, Rory O'Malley (Book of Mormon), Bryce Pinkham (Ghost), Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon), Chandra Lee Schwartz (Wicked).
"It is inspiring to see all of New York City come together to work towards The Common goal of saving as many animal lives as possible," said Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the ASPCA and sponsor of Broadway Barks. "It is crucial that we bring the issue of animal homeless to the forefront and encourage New Yorkers to make pet adoption their first option."
"Since 2003, the lives of more than 220,000 dogs and cats have been saved through The Combined efforts of the Alliance participating organizations many of whom are here today, including Animal Care & Control of NYC," according to Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. "This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us toward the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them."