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Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters' Broadway Barks will hold its tenth annual dog and cat adopt-a-thon July 12 in New York.

An increasingly popular event attended by over 6000 people last year, actors Glenn Close, Mario Lopez and an entourage of Broadway performers will be on hand at this year’s event to present homeless animals for adoption. The animals come from various New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies.

Broadway Barks was originally founded by Moore and Peters to promote pet adoption. However, it has also become a valuable link between the various independent shelters and rescue groups for promotion and fund raising, and is entering into public education on responsible pet ownership, spay/neuter, pet i.d., and to simply inform about the bleak predicament of the city’s homeless dogs and cats.

Besides an afternoon of festivities, an auction of celebrity-autographed memorabilia to benefit attending shelters, and finding permanent homes for so many animals, Peters will be on hand to sign copies of her children’s book, Broadway Barks. The illustrated book, about a dog who finds himself alone in a city park, comes with a reading of the story on CD and an original song performed by Bernadette Peters. Proceeds of book sales go, naturally, to the Broadway Barks organization.

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