Puppy Bowl VIII Airs Feb. 5

Regardless of whether you’re rooting for the New England Patriots or the New York Giants, fans of both football and Fidos are on the same team when it comes to cheering for the tiny tackling tail-waggers who will charge on to a pint-sized playing field for Animal Planet’s eighth annual salute to sport-loving Spots, Puppy Bowl.

Fifty-eight doggie draft picks chosen with help from Petfinder.com from a wide range of rescue organizations including spcaLA, All Star Pet Rescue in New Jersey, Ohio’s Go Boxer Rescue, Pennsylvania’s Pet matchmaker Rescue, Furever Dachshund Rescue of Rhode Island and Huts for Mutts Dog Rescue in Texas will attempt to tackle the title of MVP (Most Valuable puppy) as they lap up the limelight at the water bowl cam and lollop across the goal line.

When the romping Rovers unwind with PEDIGREE Dentastix, a plethora of adoptable purring pals will score a touchdown in the hearts of viewers during the BISSELL Kitty Half-Time show.

Tune in to Animal Planet on February 5, 2012 at 3 p.m. ET/PT for two hours of play by play action as TV correspondent Jill Rappaport, referee Dan Schachner  and Meep the Bird report on all the Fidos fumbles and game-winning tail wags during  Puppy Bowl XIII.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet

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About Grace Sydney

Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.