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Last month, Broadway Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters teamed with Bill Smith of Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) and generous donors Dick and Marilyn Faris to save more than 50 animals in New York City. The “Celebrity Rescue Road Trip” was an auction item offered at Wag’n Train, MLAR’s annual fundraiser. The event includes both silent and live auctions that feature truly unique items and experiences for bidders of all kinds. The “Celebrity Rescue Road Trip” with Bernadette Peters provided the opportunity to travel to New York City, meet the Broadway legend, and work with her to rescue animals from Manhattan’s overcrowded Animal Care and Control (ACC). The rescued animals would be transported to MLAR’s facility in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, where they would receive top-notch veterinary care, basic obedience training, socialization, and housing in one of the premier no-kill facilities in the United States. The winning bid of $30,000 belonged to Dick and Marilyn Faris and went toward the veterinary care for the more than 50 animals rescued during the road trip. The rescue road trip team included Broadway Barks and MLAR volunteers who safely transported all the rescued animals from the ACC to MLAR. Volunteers and staff from the ACC also assisted in selecting and processing the animals to prepare them for transport. The rescue road trip highlights the importance of animal adoption and demonstrates how many wonderful pets can be found in shelters in New York City and throughout the United States. The photos below illustrate the highlights of the rescue road trip. Please click on the first photo to begin a slideshow with captions.

The “Celebrity Rescue Road Trip” with Bernadette Peters resulted in the rescue and transfer of more than 50 dogs, cats, and rabbits from New York City to MLAR’s no-kill facility in Pennsylvania. The generous donation of Dick and Marilyn Faris and the work of the transport volunteers and the ACC staff and volunteers gave those animals a new lease on life. And by transferring those animals out of the ACC, the road trip freed up shelter space, which allowed the ACC to take in more animals. But these rescued animals were the lucky ones. Every year, 6 to 8 million animals enter municipal animal shelters like the ACC, but only half make it out alive. Sadly, many healthy, innocent animals are euthanized each year because no matter how hard the shelters work there are not enough people going to the shelters to adopt. So please remember, if you decide to get a pet, visit your local shelter and make it your own rescue road trip. You’ll save your new pet’s life and the life of another animal that the shelter can take in.

Special thanks to Dick and Marilyn Faris for their generous donation, to the staff and volunteers at the Manhattan ACC, to the staff and volunteers of MLAR, and to Bernadette Peters for making the rescue road trip a tremendous success that saved the lives of many animals in need.

By Charlene Sloan


Enjoy Broadway Barks every day of the year! Our new Broadway Barks 2014 Calendar is now available for purchase!

Filled with photos of some of the celebrities who have participated in Broadway Barks (Michael Cerveris, Peter Gallagher, Sean Hayes, Anjelica Huston, Jeremy Jordan, Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, Lea Michele, Mary Tyler Moore, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Andrew Rannells, and Jo Anne Worley), along with lucky dogs and cats who found new homes at Broadway Barks, this limited-edition calendar is a keepsake that will make you smile every time you look at it. It’s a great gift idea, too, so you’ll probably want to purchase additional copies for family members and friends.

All proceeds from calendar sales will be used by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help save the lives of NYC’s homeless pets.