Puppy Bowl 2018: Dogs Rescued From Natural Disasters Join the Lineup

No ifs, ands or buts: they're all winners.
By: Aly Semigran
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Who will emerge victorious on Super Bowl Sunday: the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots? Our money is on … who cares, it’s all about the puppies in the Puppy Bowl! Come on!

Airing on Sunday, February 4 before the other big game, the 2018 Puppy Bowl will feature 90(!) puppies this year, divided into Team Ruff and Team Fluff.

Of these 90 adorable and adoptable pups, 48 of the dogs are rescues, including two puppies, Tyler and Mango, who were saved from natural disasters in Houston and Mexico. Other pups this year hail from Puerto Rico and Florida, among other locations impacted by storms.

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According to a statement from Discovery, this year the Puppy Bowl worked with “48 different animal shelters and rescue organizations from 25 U.S. states and territories” to help get the dogs some exposure on this huge national platform. This year also marks the most puppies in the event overall, as well as the most rescues featured on the show.

In fact, Mango, the dog from Mexico, was able to participate in the Puppy Bowl thanks to the efforts of the organization Compassion Without Borders, while Tyler, who was saved from the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, made it to the event thanks to the group Rescue Road Trips.

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In addition to these amazing rescues, the Puppy Bowl XIV features some special needs pups, including Buttons, a Cocker Spaniel who is both sight-impaired and deaf, Sophie, Goldendoodle with three legs, and Luna, a Pomeranian mix with a cleft palate.

The highly-anticipated event, which will feature the oh-so-cute Kitty Halftime Show as well as human and dog celebrities alike, including Chloe Kardoggian and Ella Bean, airs at 3 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.

Images via Discovery Communications, LLC