Hugh Jackman and Julianne Hough cuddle puppies to promote dog adoption as Bernadette Peters arrests protesters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 09: (L-R) Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster pose at 2022 Broadway Barks at Shubert Alley on July 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

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They say dogs are man’s best friend, but Bernadette Peters got a little help from her own friends over the weekend as stars turned out to support her 24th annual Broadway Barks.

The dog adoption event was co-hosted by music man star Sutton Foster who posed alongside Hugh Jackson at the New York rally.

The couple seemed delighted to meet and hold some of the dogs up for adoption, clearly in love with the little furballs.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 09: Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster pose at 2022 Broadway Barks at Shubert Alley on July 09, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 09: Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster pose at 2022 Broadway Barks at Shubert Alley on July 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

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Jackman, who currently plays in The music man with Foster, cradled a few lucky pooches in her arms and had a big smile on her face. The x-men The 53-year-old actor has two dogs at home.

Billy Crystal, who plays and co-wrote Mr Saturday nightposed with her tongue out while holding an adorable little puppy.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 09: Billy Crystal poses at 2022 Broadway Barks at Shubert Alley on July 09, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 09: Billy Crystal poses at 2022 Broadway Barks at Shubert Alley on July 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

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Peters co-founded the nonprofit with the late Mary Tyler Moore in 1999, during Peters’ run on Broadway in Annie take your gun.

She managed to attract the support of stage stars from all productions; Jane Lynch, currently in funny girl, was also there to show her love for canine companions. Lynch has spoken of her love for her pets over the years, often talking about the importance of adopting a pet rather than buying one.

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Julianne Hough – whose Broadway debut was earlier this year in POTUS: Or, Behind every big fool are seven women trying to keep him alive – lost his two beloved pet dogs in 2019.

The actress and singer was seen posing outside where Peters ran into trouble on the same day.

A video shared on social media appears to show animal rights protesters disrupting the event. In a clip posted to Twitter, Peters responds, “Excuse me! You’re stopping all the animals here from having a chance at adoption.”

“Isn’t that what you want?” Peters continued on the microphone before continuing his speech. PEOPLE has reached out to representatives for Peters for comment.

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