Photos by Leslie Yager
Shubert Alley in New York City’s theater district was the setting for the 16th annual Broadway Barks event. Brainchild of Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, the event’s goal is to lower the euthanasia list in New York and make the city a more humane place for animals.
“In 2003 only 26% of cats and dogs in the city’s shelter system made it out alive. Today, that statistic is virtually flipped, with nearly 73% of dogs and cats leaving the shelter system for loving homes,” according to the Broadway Barks “Playbill.”
The official sponsors of Broadway Barks were ASPCA and The New York Times, and hosts on Saturday included Bernadette Peters, James Franco and Zach Braff, as well as a long list of performers.
Volunteers from Husky House out of Bridgwater, NJ, introduced tiny Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix “Panda” to passers-by while bigger Huskies moved among the crowds.
Husky House is a non-profit dedicated to helping abandoned Siberian Huskies as well as all breeds of dogs, including mixes, have a second chance in life and a place to call home which they so richly deserve.
Bideawee Manhattan adoption center was front and center with sweethearts Snowdon and Cody, who stole the show. Snowdon was napping under the tablecloth but his nose poked out from underneath, inviting passersby to stop.
Sophie, a beagle-mix, flashed a huge smile for everyone at the Broadway Barks event. Sophie is available from Loving Touch, Inc. a rescue group out of Flushing, NY.
Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL) were hard to miss, even as Shubert Alley grew crowded on Saturday. They have 50-70 Great Danes available for adoption and their website is updated daily.
Louie, available for adoption from Stray from the Heart on 55 West 73rd Street in New York, charmed everyone in Shubert Alley with his green eyes and perfect triangle ears.
Stray from the Heart‘s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find permanent homes for homeless, abused or neglected dogs regardless of where they were born.
The non-profit places dogs with families without the benefit of paid employees or a shelter facility. They rely on a volunteer network that includes dog walkers, trainers and fosters who support Stray from the Heart rehabilitate and socialize the dogs.