Friends and Broadway Barks co-creators Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore will return as hosts for the event, which begins at 3:30 PM. The celebrity presentation of pets from New York City animal shelters is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM. In a statement, co-host Peters said, "Mary and I are delighted that Broadway Barks continues to be such a popular event, and we are deeply moved by the enthusiasm and support from the legions of fans and animal lovers who attend the event every year. We are especially pleased to report that the euthanasia rate in New York has dropped 26 percent since 2003. That’s a very encouraging statistic. It means that people are rescuing thousands of New York City area dogs and cats each year by spaying and neutering or by adopting pets through shelters participating in events such as Broadway Barks."
Among those scheduled to present animals during the annual dog and cat adopt-a-thon are Delta Burke, Victoria Clark, Billy Crudup, Erin Dilly, Ryan Duncan, Christine Ebersole, Mireille Enos, Harvey Fierstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Joanna Gleason, Jeff Goldblum, John Glover, David Harbour, Shuler Hensley, Crystal Hunt, Gregory Jbara, Cheyenne Jackson, Ginifer King, Alix Korey, Marc Kudisch, Andrea Martin, Madeline Martin, Marsha Mason, Jan Maxwell, Rue McClanahan, Maureen McGovern, Michael Mulheren, Denis O’Hare, Brad Oscar, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Sieber, Frances Sternhagen and Jeffrey Tambor.
Produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will feature pets from numerous Manhattan animal shelters and adoption agencies, including A Cause for Paws, ACC, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Animal Haven, ASPCA, BARC Shelter, Bide-A-Wee, Bobby and the Strays, City Critters, The Humane Society of New York, Husky House, Russell Rescue Inc., Kitty Kind, Long Island Greyhound Transfer, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Pet-I Care, PLUTO Rescue, Siamese Rescue, SICAW, Stray From the Heart and The Tigger Foundation.
Celebrity-autographed memorabilia is also available for auction on www.eBay.com using the key words "Broadway Barks." Proceeds from the auction and the July 30 event will benefit those shelters and organizations taking part in the fundraiser.
Shubert Alley is located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. In the event of rain, Broadway Barks 7! will be held Sunday, July 31 at noon. For more information call (212) 840-0770, ext. 477 or log on to www.broadwaybarks.com.