Puppy Bowl focuses on animal cruelty and the need to adopt homeless animals

So at the left we have a story about the Super Bowl. But that’s not the only hugely popular bowl game that will be played Sunday.

Don’t miss the Puppy Bowl.

“Puppy Bowl,” a TV special that is a lot like a football game with dogs as the players, made its debut eight years ago on Animal Planet. Dogs score touchdowns on a 10-by-19-foot gridiron carpet when they cross the goal line with a toy. There is a Most Valuable Pup award, a water bowl cam, slow-motion cameras, hedgehog cheerleaders, a puppy hot tub and a blimp with a crew of hamsters.

The point of the Puppy Bowl — besides two hours of awwwwww-inspiring television — is to raise awareness of the need to stop animal cruelty and to adopt homeless animals.

Nearly 9 million people tuned in last year. “Puppy Bowl IX” will feature 84 animals, including 63 puppies from 23 shelters.

“Puppy Bowl” airs Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. on Animal Planet. The Super Bowl starts at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.

Show Comments

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.