The Puppy Bowl Is So Doggone Adorable!

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photo courtesy: The Examiner

Yesterday, viewers pulled up a seat on the couch and fell in love.

The Puppy Bowl is an annual television program that is designed similarly to the Super Bowl but uses puppies. Every year this show premieres the afternoon of the Super Bowl on the Animal Planet network and features profiles of the puppies as well as live commentary as if commentating for a live football game.

First airing in 2005, the show immediately was a hit success. Each year the show has grown with a lot of promotional videos and profiles of the puppies and the event occurring beforehand. There is now even a fantasy draft, and a pre-planned starting line-up for the puppies.

The puppies were divided into two teams known as “Team Ruff” and “Team Fluff.” Sunday’s show featured goat cheerleaders, as well as a halftime show performance from “Katty Furry” featuring many kittens.

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photo courtesy: The Philly Voice,

One thing most people don’t realize is that all of the animals featured on the show are actually from numerous animal shelters. The puppies and kittens are used to convince viewers to adopt from shelters as well as raise awareness about animal shelters.

The Puppy Bowl provides a list of the various animal shelters from all over the country that donate their puppies to the event. There are over 42 different shelters currently listed.

If you are interested in adopting, Animal Planet has organized suggested resources for the shelter adoption option on their website. The website features links to organizations such as The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and a few others in order to help one find out whether they are ready for the adoption process and how to go about adopting an animal.