With just four points to put them in the lead, this year’s Puppy Bowl winners are Team Fluff. Team Fluff were coached by hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, who wore his team’s jersey while hosting the event.
Alongside Snoop Dogg and his team were lifestyle specialist Martha Stewart and the puppies from Team Ruff. Team Ruff were the winners of the 17th Puppy Bowl, which took place last year. Both Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart looked the height of cheerful while announcing the happenings of the event, which is a televised phenomenon.
What is the Puppy Bowl?
The Puppy Bowl is called the “cutest event” of the NFL Season and has been running since 2005. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about adopting pets, rather than buying from breeders, and it uses the hashtag #AdoptDontShop to help spread information across social media and news outlets.
If you’re a dog person or you just love to watch puppies play around, this wholesome event is for you. The pups score a touchdown every time they get a toy across a goal line, and there are extra points up for grabs too (and ways to lose points if the dogs get too overexcited).
All of the puppies that take part in the Puppy Bowl are available for adoption and are brought in from shelters to assist the #AdoptDontShop movement in its ideals. Because so many people gather to watch the Super Bowl, it’s extremely likely that the public are also catching sight of the adorable Puppy Bowl, too.
Awareness spreads quickly during major events that are publicized as much as the Super Bowl is, and the Puppy Bowl isn’t the only little show that takes advantage of being viewed by NFL fans. There’s also the Kitty Half-Time Show. Like the Puppy Bowl, the Kitty Half-Time Show introduces shelter cats who are also up for adoption.
Where to Watch
Looking to watch the Puppy Bowl next year or find clips from last weekend’s showing? The Puppy Bowl event airs on Animal Planet and can also be streamed online.
This year’s event showcased over 100 puppies who are looking for their forever homes. These lovely canines were borrowed from 67 different shelters and rescues, across 33 states in the U.S.
To follow the call for adoption, simply reach out to any of the shelters from the event and have a chat to them about the dogs that they’re currently caring for. Even if a puppy from the show has already found a home, there will likely be many more dogs – of all ages, breeds, and needs – that are still waiting. Check out the Animal Planet website for information on the organizations and puppies featured during this year’s Puppy Bowl.
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