Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl is just around the corner. The exciting televised event, which mimics a “human” football game (airing on February 5 – the same day as Super Bowl LI) features 78 adorable shelter puppies who partake in the fun-filled gridiron action.
All of the puppies participating in the Puppy Bowl are undeniably cute, but several are also showing the world that special needs pups can have fun just like any other pup. Three canine participants, with various disabilities, are taking part in the 13th annual bowl-game competition. According to USA Today, a three-legged pup named Lucky will be on the field with Doobert (deaf) and Winston, who is both sight and hearing impaired.
This year, the teams making up Puppy Bowl XIII (which represents 34 rescue agencies from 22 states) are “Ruff,” and “Fluff.” The event is fun to watch, but it serves a greater purpose – highlighting the importance of adopting. In years past, every puppy who has participated in the Puppy Bowl has been adopted – ideally, this year history will repeat itself. According to AOL News, several of the puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl (which was taped in October) have already been adopted.
Learn more about the 2017 Puppy Bowl at this link to Animal Planet (where you can also enjoy a sneak peak of the action).
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(Photos screenshots via USA Today/Animal Planet)