Are You Ready for Puppy Bowl XI?
From what I understand, the Super Bowl is an important football game that doubles as an excuse for big-name advertisers to produce the year’s most talked about commercials. Oh, and I guess Katy Perry will be performing at half time. Big deal! Everyone knows the best part about Super Bowl Sunday isn’t the football or the commercials. It’s the Puppy Bowl! The two-hour Animal Planet special releases dozens of adorable puppies onto a miniature football field where they play, tackle one another, and generally do a great job of looking exceptionally cute.
This year, Animal Planet has introduced a competitive element by forming actual teams with a score being kept. Animal Planet has uploaded the details of both teams, Ruff and Fluff, which includes photos of the Puppy Bowl XI starting lineup. You can check out the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show below.
As usual, kittens will give viewers the world’s cutest half time show. On the sidelines, goats will stand in as cheerleaders rooting for their respective teams. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty eventful game! If you simply can’t wait to get in on the action, you can create your own fantasy draft on the Animal Planet website.
Now we’ll get to the real point. The Puppy Bowl delivers more than entertainment value, regardless of how cute the MVPs may be. All of the puppies and kittens are from rescue groups and shelters. Through the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet hopes to promote adoption from the represented organizations rather than buying a pet from a store or breeder.
So, how are the lucky pups selected? An Animal Planet spokesman explained the process to E! Online: Animal Planet works with Petfinder during the selection process, who reaches out to shelters and rescue organizations to see if they have any puppies that meet the age and size requirements. Best of all, there are no breed exclusions! In years past, all of the puppies and kittens featured in the Puppy Bowl have been adopted to loving families.
Sounds like a happy ending to us! Curious about the puppies and kittens you’ll see in this year’s Puppy Bowl? You can learn more about the shelters where the adorable participants came from in Animal Planet’s Pet Adoption Resources.