The world’s cutest sporting event, Puppy Bowl XII, returns to Animal Planet on Sunday, February 7 with two teams from 44 different animal shelters and rescues across the U.S. filling the rosters. Last year, more than 10 million people tuned in and this year’s event will repeat all day and night for a total of 12 hours on game day.
The 49 puppies on #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff will be competing for MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) and will be joined by a special assistant ref, Stanley the Skunk and five big-haired silkie chicken cheerleaders. Cats take over San Francisco during the Kitty Half-Time Show when the ferocious felines go on a destructive spree pawing across historic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and infamous “Al-Cat-Raz”.
Animal advocate and television correspondent Jill Rappaport will be introducing Pup Close and Personal segments that highlight animal bonds between puppy players and their best buddies including a kitten and a hedgehog. All the puppies participating in the game are available for adoption from organizations across the country including the Nevada SPCA, Paws Chicago and Little Dog Rescue from Florida.
As always, fans will witness Puppy Bowl’s iconic water bowl cam, slow motion playback cam and fan-favorite kiss cam. You won’t miss a minute of action either with aerial shots of the field and an air show from hamsters piloting the TWIZZLERS biplane.
Something new for this year’s game is Puppy Bowl Virtual Reality that allows viewers to get nose to nose on the field with four puppy practice scrimmages featuring 360⁰ experiences of this year’s players. Fans can join the action on the 50-yard-line for an interactive tour of Geico Stadium and is available not only online, but also on a smartphone app.
The best part of Puppy Bowl XXI won’t happen the day of the game, but after during the Adoption Tails digital series. It follows home a selection of puppies that found forever homes from taking part in the game.
During the off season, Animal Planet brought the joy and goodwill of Puppy Bowl to rescues in 13 states and the District of Columbia with Road to the Puppy Bowl events. While promoting the importance of animal adoption in local communities, these events led to more than 3,000 animals finding their forever home. Animal Planet helped cover the cost of these adoptions.