Animal Planet To Air Puppy Bowl IX on February 3rd

No matter which team you’re cheering for during the Super Bowl, when you huddle around your TV set on February 3rd to watch the 9th annual Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet you will join a team of Fido-loving fans who will root for each pint-sized player who charges out on to field at Geico Stadium and straight into every dog devotee’s heart.

Hoping that they will soon get to play a ‘home game’ with a forever family, each of the 63 doggie draft picks were selected from shelters and rescue organizations across the country and Puerto Rico, including Wayside Waifs Animal Rescue in Missouri, spcaLA in California, Tails of Love Animal Rescue  in New York, Pitter Patter Animal Rescue in Wisconsin and Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Massachusetts. (Viewers who are interested in adopting a pet in their area should visit, which has helped more than 20 million pets find their fur-ever homes.)

Along with Pedigree’s lovable starting lineup– who will each compete for the coveted title of Bissell MVP (Most Valuable Puppy)– the broadcast will include both fan favorites and new technology to highlight each canine’s cute factor. Viewers can keep up with all the action thanks to commentary from the stars of  the Animal Planet series  Tanked, Finding Bigfoot and Call of the Wildman and tweets from @MeepTheBird; watch canine aquatics as players unwind in a special puppy hot tub; enjoy a ‘purr’fect performance from fun-loving felines during the Bissell Kitty Half-Time Show; get an overview from the Ice Breakers’ blimp, manned (or should that be ‘hammed’?) by hamster pilots;  cheer along with hedgehog cheerleaders and much more.

Be sure to tune in for all the tail-wagging excitement when Puppy Bowl IX airs February 3rd from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet

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