By Andrew Gans
14 Jul 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and sponsored by the ASPCA with additional sponsorship by the New York Times, the event begins at 3:30 PM with celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide set for 5 PM-6:30 PM.
The Craze will kick off the celebrity presentations at 5 PM with a song from One Man, Two Guvnors.
This year's fundraiser also features the sale of the new Broadway Barks! annual calendar, which Tony winner Peters will sign — in addition to her previously released children's books, "Broadway Barks" and "Stella is a Star" — at noon. All proceeds benefit Broadway Barks!
|photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
"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, in a previous statement. "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," added 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."
Broadway Barks! features a sampling of pets from several New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, including ASPCA, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt A Boxer, Animal Care & Control, Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, BARC, Bidawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, KittyKind, Long Island Grey Hound Transfer, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metro Malts, Mid Atlantic Great Dane, Pet I Care, PLUTO, Russell Refuge, Save Kitty, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
The afternoon also includes an auction of celebrity-autographed memorabilia.
Shubert Alley is located between West 44th and 45th Streets, west of Seventh Avenue. For more information visit BroadwayBarks.com.