Puppy and Kitten Bowls Highlight Shelter Pets

The stakes are high. The whole country is watching. It’s Puppy Bowl XIII! It’s cold, it’s dreary and spring is still nowhere in sight. It's been a tumultuous few weeks to say the least. Puppies, it’s in your paws to bring us some belly laughs and warm fuzzies.

Let’s face it, some of us are more concerned about the quality of the wings being served on Super Bowl Sunday than the quality of the quarterbacks. But, who among us does not like puppies? Animal Planet will serve football lovers and non-lovers alike a healthy serving of puppy fun and frolic on Feb. 5 when they televise Puppy Bowl XIII.

While we enjoy the guaranteed-to-be-riveting game, let’s be sure to take note that all the players are shelter puppies. These adorable canines are just waiting for a family to love and Puppy Bowl is the perfect reminder for people to adopt not shop for their next pet.

Not to be outdone, the Hallmark Channel has set up an equally delightful event in Kitten Bowl IV. This newer and lesser known feline play off is picking up steam every year because just like the Puppy Bowl players, all the cat-letes are also shelter kitties and they are just plain adorable.

Please, there is no need to start a family brawl over the age-old dispute of cat people versus dog people. You don’t have to choose. You can have your kitten and your puppy too! Kitten Bowl starts at noon (ET) on Feb 5 and Puppy Bowl doesn’t start until 3:00 (ET). Phew, disaster averted.

Animal lovers are staking their own claim on Super Bowl Sunday. Proudly celebrate your puppy/kitty love by starting your own YouGiveGoods Puppy Bowl or YouGiveGoods Kitten Bowl drive to raise goods for your local shelter. Invite your family and friends to support your cause using email and social media and start raising most-needed items for your local shelter today.

And, whether you are holding a Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl or Super Bowl party this year, consider setting up a “donate here” station front and center among your delicious spread of game day treats. Simply set up your ipad or laptop and have it open to your YouGiveGoods drive page. Have a fun celebration AND make a difference in the lives of local shelter animals.

So, commence the theater of the fur, Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl. And, thanks for giving us non-football lovers a reason to join the party on Super Bowl Sunday.

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