How Animal Planet is Helping Older Dogs Find Loving Homes



Though the Super Bowl is approaching, pet lovers may be more excited for a different event: Puppy Bowl XVI. Airing on Super Bowl Sunday, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl features adorable, adoptable puppies playing with toys in a model football stadium. Started in 2005, the event has become much celebrated by canine lovers.

However, fans may not realize that Animal Planet hosts another, similar, event that same weekend: Dog Bowl. The pups in this event are ages three to 14 and come from 32 shelters located all over the U.S. Only in its third year, Dog Bowl is meant to showcase the lovability of adult dogs. 

Dog Bowl III will feature 65 dogs divided into two teams: the Goldies and the Oldies. The dogs will wear different colored bandanas (the Oldies get blue, while the Goldies have orange). The event’s lineup has been released and various breeds will be represented—from Pomeranians to Dachshunds to mutts. Dog Bowl will also include six canines with special needs, including Tia, a three-legged lab mix and Mack, a blind cocker spaniel. One of the pups will win a special Super Senior Award.

The event is an important reminder that older dogs need love too. Research has found that older animals are at a greater risk for euthanasia in shelters because of their lower perceived appeal for adoption. While prospective pet parents may be more drawn to small puppies, mature dogs can actually be easier to take care of. They are often already trained, housebroken and neutered/spayed. They also tend to be calmer.

To date, 100% of the canines that have played in a Dog Bowl have been adopted. Hopefully, this year’s participants will quickly find homes too.

Check out the lineup for this year’s Dog Bowl.

Dog Bowl airs on Animal Planet on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8pm ET/PT. Puppy Bowl airs Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3PM ET/12PM PT.


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