Friends of Animals’ bulldog Papa to star in Animal Planet’s Dog Bowl Feb. 3

Friends of Animals’ bulldog Papa to star in Animal Planet’s Dog Bowl Feb. 3

Super Bowls typically have more than 100 million viewers each year, but this year everyone in Friends of Animals’ offices is just as excited to tune in the night before the big game to watch the premiere of Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl.”

That’s because Friends of Animals’ very own office pooch, Papa the bulldog, will be competing. He loves to play with his football in the office, so we can’t wait to see him play for the Paws team with other adult dogs going nose to nose for touchdowns and furry fumbles against the Tails team.

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The “Dog Bowl,” which airs Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m., is Animal Planet’s newly added canine football competition created for adult dogs living in rescues and shelters who are frequently passed over for their younger counterparts. The one-hour special, hosted by award-winning animal advocate Jill Rappaport, will feature dogs from 15 shelters in 11 states, ranging from 2 to 15 years old—some of whom are still in need of their forever homes.

“When adopting a cat or dog from a shelter or rescue group people flock to kittens and puppies and often overlook older animals who became inconvenient due to illnesses, baby arrivals, expensive surgeries and care, temperament or other reasons,” said Priscilla Feral. “That’s a shame because adult and senior animals need someone to love them for the rest of their lives, and that’s something we can make possible with the right attitude, affection and care.”

Feral and her family adopted Papa from Long Island Bulldog Rescue, which had entered him in the competition along with three of their other bulldogs.