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Miami-Dade Animal Services to host TAILgate celebration for shelter pups in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XIII

MIAMI (February 03, 2017)

Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) will hosts an all-day TAILgate celebration and adoption event to cheer on its Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XIII draftees. The celebration will take place this Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center located at 3599 NW 79 Avenue in Doral, FL.

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.

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.

During the all-day TAILgate celebration and adoption event, adopters that take home a pet over 4 months old will receive a month’s supply of dog food or cat litter. Pet adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, deworming and age-appropriate vaccinations.

At 3 p.m., attendees can head to our main lobby for a Puppy Bowl XIII watch party. As the cutest event in sports history, 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.

“Having puppies from Animal Services participate in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl is a great opportunity,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “Our Puppy Bowl draftees bring awareness to the wonderful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens we have at Animal Services waiting to find loving forever homes.”

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.

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 rat

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 www.animalplanet.com, 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. 

Who:
Miami-Dade Animal Services
What:
Puppy Bowl XIII all-day TAILgate celebration and pet adoption event
When:
February 05, 2017 — 10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Where:
Miami Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center 3599 NW 79 Avenue Doral, FL 33122