Local rescued puppies are on tour to raise awareness for a football game on Sunday, but not the one you’re thinking of.
Animal Planet will host “Puppy Bowl VIII,” a football game featuring canine athletes from shelters and rescue groups across the country, according to the Connecticut Humane Society said.
The shelter, located in Newington, Waterford and Wallingford, is one of seven groups whose puppies will be participating in this year’s game.
The puppies started their tour on Jan. 23, when they rang the opening bell at NASDAQ. They appeared on the Today show on Wednesday morning.
They will be on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz on Thursday and ESPN2’s Sports Nation on Sunday.
The Connecticut puppy that receives the most online votes as MVP will win a 40-pound bag of Hill’s Science Diet puppy food, to be given to the dog’s new family once it is adopted, the news release says.
The puppies will be available for adoption beginning on Monday at the society’s headquarters in Newington.
Fans can vote for the Connecticut MVP online.
Puppy Bowl VIII will air Sunday at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet.