The annual Shubert Alley event — created by friends and animal lovers Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore — seeks homes for pets from animal shelters around the city. Last season's fundraiser raised $60,000, which was distributed to the 23 shelters involved with the worthy organization. Additionally, 35 animals from area shelters were adopted during the adopt-a-thon, which also featured Hairspray's Harvey Fierstein as a guest emcee.
Last year actress and activist Moore said, "Bernadette and I have been so pleased with the success and popularity of Broadway Barks!, and we are continually amazed and touched by the legions of theatre fans and animal lovers who support this event every year. Thousands of dogs and cats in New York's shelters are in desperate need of homes, and so many homeless animals are in danger of being euthanized. It is so easy to rescue these lovable animals by adopting them through the shelters participating in Broadway Barks!"
Peters, who is currently starring at the Shubert Theatre in Gypsy, also said at the time, "Shelter adoption is one of the main focuses of Broadway Barks!, but one of the best ways to prevent overpopulation and to save animals' lives is by spaying and neutering. All of the shelters participating in Broadway Barks! will have plenty of information available about the benefits of pet neutering and shelter adoption."
A host of Broadway stars will be on hand to present animals for adoption. That list will be announced shortly.
For more information about Broadway Barks 6!, visit www.broadwaybarks.com.