This Year’s Puppy Bowl Will Feature Adorable Special-Needs Rescue Dogs

Every year before the super bowl, Animal Planet airs their adorable Puppy Bowl, which features shelter dogs representing countless animal rescue organizations across many states, running around a mini football field.

This year’s 13th annual Puppy Bowl features the biggest representation of disabled dogs ever, brought to New York and ideally adopted, along with the other puppy players.

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Animal Planet

One of the players named Lucky, a 15-week-old mixed breed, was found on the side of the road with her brother, Ricky, and had to have her right front leg amputated after it was slammed in a crate door. Lucky was thankfully adopted, but she still suffered with a lot of anxiety. The fact that she was even on the field was a huge success!

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Animal Planet

Another one of the disabled players is a dog named Doobert who was adopted by a couple in Virginia. Doobert is completely deaf, so his humans are in the middle of training him to understand hand signals around the house, as well as on the turf.

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Animal Planet

Winston, a double-merle Australian Shepherd, is also competing in the puppy bowl. He is both deaf and blind and resides at Double J Dog Ranch, a sanctuary for special-needs dogs in Idaho. Despite his disability, he gets around very well with his nose.

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Animal Planet

Make sure to watch these adorable pups face off in the Puppy Bowl on February 5th at 2pm ET/PT on Animal Planet!

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.