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Local Animal Shelter Gets National Airtime in Upcoming Puppy Bowl XIV



90 Adoptable Puppies Compete for Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) Title

Alvin’s puppy portrait for Puppy Bowl XIV

Alexandria, VA– Operation Paws for Homes has puppy players in this year’s PUPPY BOWL XIV. The cutest competition in sports history airs Sunday, February 4th at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT on Animal Planet.

Six pups from Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) were drafted to storm the GEICO gridiron and makes the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Ruff or Fluff as they compete to win the CHEWY.COM Lombarky Trophy. 90 Adoptable Puppies as they compete for the Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) title. Cotton, Rigatoni, S’Mores, Truffles, Alvin and Pancake, six of the 1,300 OPH adopted out in 2017, made the grade to go ear-to-ear and tail-to-tail in the pup-tastic game.

This year, OPH is hosting a bigger and better Puppy Bowl XIV Viewing Party on Sunday, February 4th at two locations – the new Wag & Brew in Alexandria, VA and at Black Flag Brewing Company in Columbia, MD.


OPH’s Alvin and one of his siblings are now training to be service dogs for veterans with the Semper K9 assistance program. Semper K9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs. This program uses rescued dogs to provide service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members.

For the last 13 years, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl has owned the world’s cutest sporting event on television. Representing rescues and shelters from across the country, these adoptable four-legged players that make up #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and more importantly…their furever homes.

About OPH:

Operation Paws for Homes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs. Dogs are rescued from rural, overcrowded shelters in South Carolina, North Carolina and southern Virginia. These shelters are faced with daily and constant challenges – few adopters, underdeveloped spay/neuter programs in their counties and, in many instances, a lack of public education around spay/neuter programs. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down 50% to 90% of their dogs without rescue intervention.

Volunteer-powered by a dedicated group of animal lovers, OPH provides a holistic model to rescue, providing services such as education and outreach, professional dog training, counseling and medical assistance. Additionally, they partner with organizations who train their rescued dogs to become service, police and working dogs, such as mine detection and bomb sniffing dogs. For more information, go to

About Animal Planet:

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series and special programming dedicated to animals and the natural world that includes RIVER MONSTERS, DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET, PIT BULLS & PAROLEES,TANKED, TREEHOUSE MASTERS, THE VET LIFE and PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for all things animal, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality content across all Animal Planet platforms including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 90 million homes in the U.S., that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets, the ultimate online destination for animal lovers and pet owners; the Animal Planet Go app that allows viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime anywhere; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access via live cameras around the globe in a variety of animal habitats; Animal Planet Social including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @AnimalPlanet and on Snapchat as AnimalPlanetTV.

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  1. Operation Paws for Homes National recognition is fitting for an organization who places over 1300 dogs and 50 cats in their forever homes this year with incredible and dedicated volunteers. We have already adopted two of their rescues and can attest to the thoroughness of their vetting process to make sure that these puppies get the very best pet parents.

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