It’s the event on Super Sunday where there are only winners.
Before Tom Brady meets Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl, fans can cheer for their favorite rescue dogs and search for potential new family members when Puppy Bowl XVII kicks off a few hours before the football game.
The game will be shown on Animal Planet and will also be streamed on discovery+ this year. The fun starts at 2 p.m., and runs for three hours, giving you plenty of time to pick up snacks before the game starts.
These dogs, playing for Team Ruff and Team Fluff, are disciplined and ready to make a great showing for their teams, so we won’t see and flags, but we’re certain to see a few wags.
The game is celebrated for the smiles it puts on people’s faces, but it also serves as a combine of sorts for the pooches, and kittens who perform in the halftime show. They’re all looking for their forever homes, and they always get it. In 16 previous bowls, the adoption rate has been 100 percent for all participates.
Pennsylvania will be well represented with dogs and rescues, and we’re going to introduce them to you now so you know which hometown heroes you’ll want to pull for.
Center for Animal Health & Welfare
The first group representing Pennsylvania is Center for Animal Health & Welfare, based out of Easton. They have a pair of pups, Patrick and Ray, who will be looking for their forever home while competing in the big game.
The organization’s shelter has qualified for no-kill status and adopts out animals in Northampton County.
The rescue will also star during the halftime show, when kittens Gilligan, Ginger, Mary Ann, Nebula, Professor, Skip and Toby provide entertainment during intermission.
Providence Animal Center
Another rescue with pets in the big game is Providence Animal Center, which will be represented by Hope.
Based out of Media, Providence Animal Center started in 1911 with the purpose of providing watering troughs for workhorses. It’s evolved over the years and now focuses its efforts on caring and adopting out pets rescued from overcrowded shelters, pets who are relinquished by their owners, and to rescue and rehabilitate animals who have suffered cruelty and neglect.
Charlie’s Crusaders are another rescue who will send some athletes to the Puppy Bowl, with Vinnie and Jiffy taking part.
The Lancaster-based rescue is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs in Mississippi and Tennessee and surrounding areas. Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue specializes in adoption to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, and Delaware.