For many Americans Superbowl Sunday is one of the biggest nights of the year. It comes with fanfare, food, parties, entertainment, and more! All of this excitement can leave those who couldn’t care less about football feeling a little left out. Thankfully, there are a few solutions for pet lovers who want an alternative to the Superbowl. These have all the fun and fanfare (feel free to host a party) and they can forever change the lives of homeless pets.
Superbowl Alternative #1: Puppy Bowl XI
The Puppy Bowl has been around for 11 years now! Pretty pawsome if you ask me. It will air Sunday February 1, 2015 at 3 PM (EST) on Animal Planet. Don’t worry if you miss a part, the entire broadcast will be repeated 5 more times. Live puppy cams and kitten cams will be available via the internet letting you get a peek at the cuteness whenever you have time.
This year there are 2 teams of dogs playing and a score will be kept. The teams competing to win the title of Puppy Bowl champion are team Ruff and team Fluff. Fantasy leagues can be made on the Puppy Bowl website if you want to play along.
Be prepared to shout and shake your pompoms along with the official cheerleading goats! Meep the Bird ( a very knowledgeable cockatiel) will be keeping everyone informed from the sidelines via his twitter account. There is even talk that there will be an amazing aerial hamster show!
Don’t forget about the cats! The Puppy Bowl wouldn’t be complete without a kitten-filled half-time show. All of the cats featured are adoptable. The headliner of this thrill-packed half-time show is Katty Furry! She will be accompanied by trained kittens that will be doing a bunch of fun tricks like knocking down dominoes and flying in on a parachute. You won’t want to miss it!
Superbowl Alternative #2: Kitten Bowl II
Dogs aren’t the only ones who can play football! The Kitten Bowl is back for it’s second year on the Hallmark Channel. It will begin at 12 PM (EST) on Sunday February 1, 2015 and like the Puppy Bowl, there will be repeat airings to follow. Last year the ratings for this show were huge!
This year the Hallmark Channel has introduced the first ever Feline Football League (FFL). They named Boomer Esiason (a former all star NFL quarterback) the FFL’s commissioner. He loves cats and it dedicated to helping them find furever homes. All of the cats featured in the Kitten Bowl are adoptable through North Shore Animal League and Last Hope Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation.
Starting in early January, the teams of kittens began to face off. Week after week the candidates for the Kitten Bowl have been winnowed out. The players are chosen and ready for the big game. Do certain players seem like winners to you? You can create your own Feline Fantasy League.
Just watching for the commercials?
Superbowl commercials are great! If you aren’t interested in sitting through the Superbowl just to see them, know that there will be great commercials playing during the events above. During the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel, the Lucy Pet Foundation will be airing a state of the art commercial promoting their mobile spay/neuter clinics.
The Lucy Bowl commercial will feature real cats and dogs playing football! It will be Team Cat vs Team Dog in a fight for the Lucy Bowl championship. It will have all of the glitz and glamour of the Superbowl – including 80,000 cat and dog fans edited in with movie magic. The producer of the commercial says that it would have cost $1 million to create except that he donated 90% of his time and effort. The whole commercial has not yet been released (just this teaser), but it is said that it will change the way you think about the pet population.