For dog lovers, the annual Puppy Bowl is the real “fantasy football.”
The adorable three-hour event preceding Super Bowl 2021, now in its 17th year, is a celebration inspired by the big human game, but dedicated to inspiring — and adoptable! — dogs. The event will see teams Ruff and Fluff go paw-to-paw in a fur-filled melee for the “Lombarky” trophy.
One thing they likely won’t need to fight over: a forever home.
Since the Puppy Bowl’s inception, their adoption campaign has reached its goal of seeing every one of the animals involved go to loving owners.
The big game will be led by ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele, with help from animal advocates Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli and Food Network star Duff Goldman. Plus, a crew of cuddly kitties will entertain viewers with paw-some performances.
Before that, a pregame show featuring fans’ favorite sports correspondents, Rodt Weiler, James Hound, Sheena Inu and field reporters Brittany Spaniel and Herman Shepard, will share Puppy Bowl insights that only a dog could deliver.
Theodore says hello to fans through the camera.Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie
When is the Puppy Bowl 2021?
The ulti-“mutt” pregame show airs at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, but the real “ruff” housing begins at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 7 — the same afternoon as the annual human counterpart version, Super Bowl 2021.
With all the toys on the field, it could be hard to keep track of the “ball.”Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie
What channel can I watch the Puppy Bowl on?
Fur-tunately there are two ways to watch — on the Discovery+ app and the Animal Planet network.
The adoptable dogs come from 22 shelters across the Northeast.Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie
Where was the Puppy Bowl filmed?
Organizers fetched the most precious pooches — and kitties! — from 22 shelters across nine Northeastern states, who meet at Geico Stadium in New York City for the main event.
Two players pose with the “Lombarky” prize.Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie
Who’s who in the Puppy Bowl 2021 lineup?
There are more than 70 animals featured during the Puppy Bowl, including fan-favorite Jett, a two-legged 36-week-old lab-retriever outfitted with a special wheeled cart to help him lead Team Fluff to victory.
The dogs are sure to make some big runs. Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie
How can I adopt a puppy from the Puppy Bowl this year?
The Puppy Bowl showcases dogs both young and old, and cats, too — each of whom is adoptable through this link.
The Puppy Bowl will specially feature elder dogs during the Senior Spotlight, who need loving homes during their last years.Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie