Each year Broadway Barks…and meows! An annual event co-founded by entertainment icons Bernadette Peters and the late Mary Tyler Moore in 1999, some of the brightest stars on The Great White Way once again happily stepped into supporting roles as they stepped on stage in Shubert Alley with cats and dogs who were hoping to be cast as members of a forever family.
Using her star wattage to shine a spotlight on our feline friends was Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth. A proud pet parent to three rescue cats, the Madam Secretary star has taken part in Broadway Barks for many years. Called the pet adoption event’s “resident cat whisperer” by Bernadette Peters, Neuwirth spoke to Catster about Broadway Barks in 2016, stating: “I love how the community comes together through our love of animals. I love the fact that it is consistently an extremely effective adoption event. So many animals find homes that day year after year. Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore are heroes.”
For many cats and dogs at Broadway Barks, the days spent without a special someone to love will soon be just a distant “Memory” thanks to the actors who participated in the celebrity showing of adoptables, like actress Mamie Parris, who currently stars as Grizabella in the revival of CATS. The actress told fans on Facebook that: “BroadwayBarks was so marvelous! Congrats to all the new pup and kitty moms and dads who were “chosen” today. The incredible Miss Bebe Neuwirth and I were proud to host the kitties. Look at those sweet little balls of fur!”
Held on July 8th, Broadway Barks 19 was co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and her Mozart in the Jungle co-star, acclaimed actor Malcolm McDowell. Prior to the start of the adoption event, the two stars and McDowell’s wife, designer Kelly McDowell — who created the artwork for this year’s extravaganza — autographed posters and playbills to raise funds for the paws cause.
In tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, an award named in her honor was launched at this year’s event, with Sophie Gamand its first recipient for focusing the public’s attention on the beauty of shelter animals through her photography.
In all, cats and dogs from 28 New York area rescue organizations and shelters had the chance to meet potential pet parents at Broadway Barks 19. Among the cat rescue groups represented were Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Bobbi and the Strays, KittyKind, Linda’s Cat Assistance, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, SaveKitty Foundation and Urban Cat League.
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