The festivities included celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters. Among these celebrities were George Akram, Fred Applegate, Brooks Ashmankas, Corbin Bleu, Veanne Cox, Erin Davie, Robin De Jesús, John Dossett, Gina Ferrell, Alexander Hanson, Sean Hayes, Jackie Hoffman, Karl Kenzler, Chad Kimball, Leigh Ann Larkin, Karen Olivo, Loretta Ables Sayre, Brooke Adams, Kevin Chamberlin, Katie Finneran, Tony Goldwyn, Ruthie Henshall, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Beth Leavel, Judy McLane, Michael Mastro, Jan Maxwell, Tony Shalhoub and Richard Thomas.
"According to recent statistics, we learned that we are making a difference," Mary Tyler Moore said in a recent statement. "In 2002, the rate of euthanasia among shelter animals was at 74 percent of total intake. We are proud that as a result of our efforts, in 2008, the number of animals euthanized in NYC shelters has dropped to 33 percent of total intake. That means nearly 18,000 fewer animals have been euthanized in our city's shelters compared to 2003."
"It's hard to believe we are celebrating 12 years of Broadway Barks!" added Bernadette Peters, who will return to Broadway July 13 in the acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music. "It brings joy to my heart that so many people share one of my true passions…saving animals. I hope this event will be here for another 12 years."
Peters signed her second children's book, "Stella is a Star!," after the event in the lobby of the Schoenfeld Theatre. The new book, published by Blue Apple Books, includes a CD with an original song written and performed by Peters.
Here is a look at the event:
Peters and Moore Present Broadway Barks 12
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