How Mary Tyler Moore Devoted Her Life To Animals

By Renee Colvert

Beloved TV icon and animal philanthropist Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday, after being hospitalized in Connecticut. In a 1997 interview for the Archive of American Television Moore said, "I would like to be remembered as somebody who made a difference in the lives of animals."

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Though we'll grieve the loss of Ms. Moore for years to come, it's a comfort to know her wishes were granted.

Mary was an integral part of numerous animal charities and organizations. But one dear to her heart was Broadway Barks, an organization that she founded with fellow icon Bernadette Peters 18 years ago.

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This star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies takes place in Shubert Alley and is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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It's a non-stop afternoon packed full with Broadway Celebrities and animals that are up for adoption. A raffle, silent auction, signed memorabilia sales, crafts sales and donations all help raise money. The funds are then distributed to the participating shelters and rescue groups and to the Picasso Veterinary Fund, which provides grants to animal-welfare organizations to cover extraordinary veterinary costs.

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It's pure heaven for any animal/broadway lover. Here's a look at the day's festivities:

Mary Tyler Moore, like most things she did, found a way to make a difference with a smile on her face.

Her efforts saved thousands of animals' lives, and we will be forever be inspired to follow in her footsteps.

Thank you, Mary. Love, All the animals.

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