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Miami-Dade Animal Services pups are back in the game for Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XIII

MIAMI (January 19, 2017)

For the second year in a row, puppies from Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) will join other shelter pups from around the country to participate in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XIII, which premiers on Animal Planet Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. 

But, Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowls are not only about watching puppies taking part in the cutest competition in sports history—its goal is to raise awareness about the thousands of shelter pets waiting to find loving forever homes.

The drafted puppies included a Golden Retriever mix named Blitz; a Cocker Spaniel named Penny; an American Bulldog/Beagle mix named Stella and a Terrier mix named Tink. The furry golden Blitz made the starting lineup and will be representing Team Fluff for a chance to win the inaugural Petco Lombarky trophy.

“We know all of our shelter pets are champs and having the four puppies participate in Animal Planet’s great adoption promotion helps bring attention to the many of wonderful pets we have available for adoption,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services. “The puppies act as the ‘spokespups’ for Miami-Dade County’s diverse shelter pet population.”

Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIII features three hours of cuteness overload with furry faces and sloppy kisses. The puppies from Animal Services are part of a pup-tastic team that includes furry line barkers and wide retrievers making puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns for Team Ruff and Team Fluff.

Animal Planet worked with 34 different animal shelters and rescue organizations from across the U.S. this year to fill the rosters of #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff with adoptable players for this puppy pile-up.

The “tail”-gating starts at 2 p.m. with the Puppy Bowl Pre-Game Show, featuring aww-nalysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. At 3 p.m., PUPPY BOWL XIII kicks off at GEICO Stadium and will repeat all day and night for a total of 10 hours on game day.

As always, fans will witness Puppy Bowl’s iconic water bowl cam, slow-motion playback cam and fan-favorite Dairy Queen® kiss cam. Fans can point their paws to to view the roster of starting pups, watch the live Puppy Bowl Locker Room Cam and Kitten Fan Club Cam, and learn more about how they can help a loving animal find its forever home. On game day, puppy supporters are invited to vote in the Most Valuable Puppy poll at Viewer votes determine which heavenly hound gets barking rights and the title of BISSELL® MVP, which will be revealed at the end of the broadcast.

Last year, PUPPY BOWL XIII dominated a field of imitators with the number-one cable telecast across the day and dogged all competition in cable and reached more than 9 million viewers.

Photos and interviews available on request.


About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.

PUPPY BOWL XIII is produced for Animal Planet by Discovery Studios. Simon Morris is the executive producer and Cindy Kain is the vice president of current production for Discovery Studios. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel is the executive producer and Pat Dempsey is the producer.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series RIVER MONSTERSPIT BULLS & PAROLEES and TREEHOUSE MASTERS and the home of provocative and award-winning specials and documentary films presented under the banner ANIMAL PLANET PRESENTS. Animal Planet's programming also includes quarterly tent pole TV events PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV on Super Bowl Sunday, and MONSTER WEEK. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for animal lovers and pet owners, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Animal Planet assets including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the U.S., that is complemented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; Animal Planet social including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.