Philly Puppy Bowl XVI pooch to headline benefit for animal shelter

John McDevitt
January 26, 2020 - 1:35 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Animal Planet's popular Puppy Bowl will air on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. A South Philadelphia bar is hosting a viewing party with a VIP — that's "very important pooch" — in attendance.

Coach, a shelter dog from Morris Animal Refuge
Morris Animal Refuge
Puppy Bowl XVI spoofs the human Super Bowl using shelter dogs from around the country as the players. Cats in need of permanent homes perform the half time show every year with laser pointers, balls of yarn, a scratching post, and other — ahem — athletic equipment.

One of the canine players on the roster, Coach, a 7-month-old hound mix, comes from the Morris Animal Refuge in Center City.

Coach will be at Devil's Den at 11th and Elsworth streets for a viewing party and fundraiser to benefit the animal shelter. 

"We host it right before the Super Bowl. We are running it from 3 to 6 p.m.," Devil's Den owner Erin Wallace said. "For $10 you get to play with some puppies from Morris Animal and get have your picture taken with them, and we will also be serving food and beer and some cocktails to go with the event."

Puppy Bowl draws attention every year to shelter animal adoptions.

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