The 2011 Puppy Bowl is almost ready to provide television viewers with a Super Bowl alternative. Puppy Bowl VII will air Sunday, Feb. 6, on Animal Planet, and it will once again serve as a great opportunity for pets to be adopted by interested viewers. This is going to be the seventh straight year that this program has been put together, and it is one of those shows that you have to check out at least once.
The Puppy Bowl lineup is usually released in advance so people can head over to the Animal Planet website and take a look at the puppies that will be paraded out on the big day. According to stats on the website, Animal Planet has been successful at adopting out more than 250 animals in the first six years of the endeavor. It isn’t just limited to puppies either, as they often have kittens strut their stuff at specific moments.
For those who haven’t learned what the Puppy Bowl is yet, Animal Planet came up with this idea to offer programming other than football on Super Bowl Sunday. What they do is work with shelters to help get puppies and kittens adopted; the premise is quite simple. They put the little animals into a play area that has been built to look like a football field and let them play. No, they aren’t playing football; they are just doing what puppies and kittens do for the two-hour duration of the show.
While the Puppy Bowl is going on, information about the “participants” is displayed on television, and further info is posted on the website for viewers to check out. It originally seemed like an interesting way to schedule programming on Super Bowl Sunday while giving back to the community, but now it has become one of the most watched programs other than football that day. Last year, the “show” brought in more than 8 million viewers.
This is one of those ideas that has been great for many different shelters, and has helped find homes for what can best be described as adorable animals. The 2011 Puppy Bowl should be no different, as it will likely provide homes for even more animals than any of the past events. For those not really interested in football on Feb. 6, this is the perfect alternative programming.
Puppy Bowl VII will begin at 3 p.m. PST/EST, and if you don’t catch it the first time, Animal Planet typically runs it all the way through the night. Even if you don’t want to adopt one of the puppies taking center stage, there are plenty of ways you can help out the shelters that are getting featured by just visiting their website.