In Addition to the Ever-Popular Puppy Bowl, Get Ready for the First-Ever DOG BOWL! Ric chats with DOG BOWL Host, Animal Advocate and Former TODAY Show Correspondent Jill Rappaport

Everyone loves Animal Planet’s annual adoption extravaganza, The Puppy Bowl, which will once again take place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, but this year will introduce the first-ever Dog Bowl – a special football competition for adult dogs living in rescues and shelters who are frequently looked over for younger puppies.

Airing Saturday, February 3 at 8pm ET/5pm PT during Animal Planet’s Road to Puppy Bowl, The Dog Bowl features 50 dogs, with an average age of seven years, including those with special needs, competing as Team Paws and Team Tails. Amidst the action will be a ‘Pet a Palooza’ halftime adoption event where adoption success stories are chronicled.

The host of Dog Bowl is TV personality and award-winning animal advocate Jill Rappaport, who Puppy Bowl viewers will remember for her “Pup-Close and Personal” segments. Jill spent more than 20 years covering entertainment and animal welfare on NBC’s TODAY, where she received the coveted Genesis Award, the Oscars® of the animal world, for her reporting on animal issues. She is the best-selling author of “People We Know, Horses they Love,” “Jack & Jill: The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail to Tell,” and “500 Cats.” Jill has received numerous awards and honors for her work with animals, and even developed a women and pets clothing line for Pendleton, which benefits the Jack and Jill Fund for animal cancer.

Updated: February 12, 2018 — 9:17 am

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