While pre-game festivities this week focused on which Harbaugh will win or the possibility of performance enhancing drugs, animal rights activists take center stage before kickoff.
Puppy Bowl 2013 mimics the Super Bowl, complete with two teams of puppies playing inside a model stadium and commentators. The program airs on Super Bowl Sunday on Animal Planet with puppies from animal shelters. The commentators offer information on the puppy players as well as how viewers can contact and adopt at their local animal shelter.
The puppies are given a variety of toys, chew-toys and bones to romp around with and are free to chase, tackle, steal, bite and do what it takes to grab the football-shaped one into the end zone for a puppy touchdown.
Halftime? A kitty show, of course. A sizable scratching post appears on the field and kitties take the field with lights, laser pens, balls of yarn, and more, to entertain the crowd with as they play. The kittens, of course, are available for adoption.
Building on this exposure, animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide are holding adoption events. In the Capitol Region, a mega adoption event is happening in El Dorado Hills on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Togs for Dogs,
330 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills (across from the Purple Place).
Meet wonderful, adoptable dogs and puppies rescued by Missouri Flat Pet Clinic and S.A.F.E. – Saving Animals From Euthanasia, Scooter’s Pals, HartSong, SIAR – Sacramento Independent Animal Rescuers, El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue, Greyhound Adoption Center and more!
The event also features plenty of services and vendors for pet owners and future pet parents. Pick up a coupon for a dog tag coupon at Togs for Dogs, gather some information on low-cost spay / neuter information, find referrals for animal behavorists and pet education classes. Most important, SAFE will offer plenty of information on animal issues and emergencies.
Volunteers are needed for this event: Call (916) 303-0334.