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Movie stars, theater actors, animal advocates, and adorable dogs and cats gathered together at the 16th annual Broadway Barks adopt-a-thon on Sat., July 12, 2014. Examiner Dorri Olds spoke with actors Bernadette Peters and James Franco.

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Broadway Barks was co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. Moore could not attend this year but Peters had enough energy to wow the crowd and James Franco stepped in as co-host this year.

Franco came out holding an adorable kitty cat named Totes Magotes. “I’ve loved the Broadway community," Franco said, "so I’m just trying to help out wherever I can.” When asked if he had any pets of his own Franco said, “I have two cats. That’s why I’m holding a cat.” He flashed a big grin. Just in case you don’t know the kitten's name was inspired by the line, “totes magotes” in the movie, “I Love You, Man.” Paul Rudd’s character said it for "totally" while trying to sound cool.

Peters was also open to talking at the joyful event.

Dorri Olds: What is the biggest misconception about shelter dogs?

Bernadette Peters: People think they’re in the shelter because they’re not good dogs and that’s just not the case. Unfortunately, during these tough times people lose their jobs, have to move in with family members, and can’t take their dogs with them. Then you have a five-year-old family member in the shelter who is depressed and you see the difference when that dog gets adopted. You see it on their face how happy they are and because shelter dogs know they’ve been rescued they will bond with you forever.

Is a dog that age still trainable?

Yes, you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks.

Will you be bringing home a sibling for your dog, Charlie, today?

I’ll see. I’m going to look around.

Your third children's book is coming out, right?

Yes, it’s about Stella getting a friend when Charlie comes home and Stella accepting him.


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