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Animal rescue event helps New York dogs and cats find a home

Several thousand people showed up for the 12th annual Broadway Barks event, a high-profile animal adopt-a-thon founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, according to

Taking place in Schubert Alley in New York City, the charitable show also featured performances from Broadway bigwigs who currently star in West Side Story, In the Heights and The Addams Family.

"See how many perfect pets there are available," Peters shouted to the audience. "You want a Jack Russell? We got them. You want a Great Dane? We got them."

The news source reports that the adoption event usually finds a loving home for 200 needy animals.

"This event definitely helps give exposure to our group to a great extent and we really appreciate that they are doing this," Ron Eiseman, a volunteer at the Queens-based animal rescue shelter Little Promises, told the news outlet.

Peters also made apparent her dream for all New York animal shelters to be kill-free by 2015.

Of course, people outside the New York area who want to do their part for dogs and cats living in animal shelters can adopt a furry friend instead of heading to the pet store.

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