Broadway Barks 12 — the annual dog and cat adopt-a-thon created and hosted by pals Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore to find homes for pets from city animal shelters — will be presented July 10 in Shubert Alley.
The festivities begin at 3:30 PM; celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters will take place between 5:30-6:30 PM. Those scheduled to be part of the latter include George Akram, Fred Applegate, Brooks Ashmankas, Corbin Bleu, Kristin Chenoweth, Veanne Cox, Erin Davie, Robin De Jesús, John Dossett, Gina Ferrell, Kelsey Grammer, Alexander Hanson, Sean Hayes, Jackie Hoffman, Karl Kenzler, Chad Kimball, Leigh Ann Larkin, Karen Olivo, Loretta Ables Sayre, Josefina Scaglione, Brooke Adams, Kevin Chamberlin, Katie Finneran, Montego Glover, Tony Goldwyn, Ruthie Henshall, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Beth Leavel, Judy McLane, Michael Mastro, Jan Maxwell, Tony Shalhoub and Richard Thomas.
The Empire State Building will be lit purple, pink and yellow July 10 to raise awareness for the annual adopt-a-thon.
"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 will sign 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.
Sponsored by ASPCA and Pedigree Food for Dogs, proceeds from the auction and other donations received during the day will benefit AC&C, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, ARF, ASPCA, BARC, Bide-A-Wee, Bobbi & the Strays, Cascade Beagle Rescue, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, Kitty Kind, Long Island Greyhound Rescue, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, North Shore Animal League, NYC Siamese Rescue, Pet-I-Care, PLUTO, Russell Refuge, SaveKitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
Shubert Alley is located in Manhattan between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.