Meet Tyler, a rescued lab-mix whose life changed forever thanks to the late Mary Tyler Moore.
Eighteen years ago, alongside actress Bernadette Peters, Moore co-founded Broadway Barks, an annual cat and dog adoption event hosted in New York’s famous Shubert Alley.
During the event, visitors are invited to adopt a pet from hundreds of rescue animals from 27 local shelters. Organizers estimate around 200 dogs are adopted from the event each year.
Tyler was just 3 months old when his owner Tony Sestito adopted him in 2011.
Sestito had just lost his boxer, and was on the lookout for a new dog to love. That’s when Tyler became the fourth dog Sestito rescued.
“Tyler was the first dog I saw, and he was mine the very next day. Our eyes met, and that was it,” he told InsideEdition.com. “It makes the most sense to me. It’s not a matter of money, it’s a matter of giving a home to a dog that really needs it.”
Sestito said Tyler was part of a litter rescued from a burned out car in Queens.
“It was an amazing event, and the celebrity factor was wonderful,” he said.
On Wednesday, following news of Moore's death at age 80, Sestito took a moment to remember the woman who'd changed his — and Tyler's — lives forever.
“I was in my office and I cried a bit,” Sestito said. “She was such a wonderful, beautiful person.”