It’s the Puppy Bowl time.
With 70 puppies from 22 different shelters, Sunday’s event will pit Team Ruff against Team Fluff in a canine football match for a common goal: To be adopted.
Here’s what you need to know.
What even is the Puppy Bowl?
Don’t be phased by the roman numerals. This is Puppy Bowl no. 17, the latest in a tradition that began in 2005.
Pups are split up into two teams and placed in a canine-sized football stadium to compete for “touchdowns,” but there’s also a national anthem performance, a halftime show, play-by-play commentary and a “rufferee.”
The Puppy Bowl is all about celebrating adoptable pups and the shelters and staff who help them.
This year’s Puppy Bowl features dogs from nine Northeastern states.
You’ll meet Marshall, a deaf Boston Terrier mix training to be a therapy dog for Covid-19 nurses.
You’ll learn about Mona, a 10-year-old Toy Poodle mix from Los Angeles who takes reiki healing sessions.
You’ll see five special needs players and four hearing impaired pups, including Jett, a double front amputee Labrador mix who loves to scamper in the countryside.
Is it just dogs?
ESPN play-by-play announcer Steve Levy and “SportsCenter” host Sage Steele will provide human commentary.
And then — there are the kittens. Adoptable kittens will put on the performance of their lives at the annual Kitty Halftime Show.
Okay … I’m sold. Where do I watch?
You can watch this three-hour event on Discovery+ and Animal Planet on Sunday, February 7, starting at 2 p.m. ET.