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Katy Pups Set to Compete in Animal Planet's 'Puppy Bowl'


January 30, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Two Katy pups will participate in this year’s Puppy Bowl, hosted by Animal Planet. In honor of the two foster pups, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is hosting a viewing party and waiving adoption fees.

Strudel is ready to compete in the Puppy Bowl.

Puppy Bowl - The Other Sports Event This Weekend

This Sunday, football fans will celebrate the biggest NFL game of the season, the Super Bowl. Attention has grown for this championship game over the the past five decades to include a spectacular halftime show and epic commercials. But animal lovers will celebrate another cherished event - the much-anticipated Puppy Bowl.

The Puppy Bowl airs this Sunday, February 2 at 4 p.m. on Animal Planet. Over 90 adoptable puppies from 61 shelters nationwide compete. For the past 16 years, the event has resulted in 100% adoption of all participants while raising awareness of pet adoption.

Two Katy Pups Make Game Roster

Two Katy puppies, Strudel and Pearl, made the final Puppy Bowl roster and will compete not just to win the game, but to earn the coveted title of Most Valuable Pup (MVP). Strudel was picked for the starting line-up and is considered a frontrunner for the MVP title.

"Both puppies have done amazingly well throughout the entire Puppy Bowl process," says Bianca Burrascano, Marketing Director for CAP.

Tailgating and Adoption Fees Waived

To celebrate the Katy pups in the game, CAP will host a tailgating and viewing party this Sunday, February 2 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The streaming party starts at 1 p.m. at CAP at 17555 Katy Freeway. All adoption fees will be waived this day.

Animal Planet recently filmed a Puppy Bowl scouting video at the local CAP. Watch the video here.

Fostering and Training a Puppy Champion

Abby Albright, 14, fostered Strudel, the chocolate-coated Shih tzu/terrier puppy, and trained her for the big event.

“Strudel is extremely social,” says Albright. “We know she will do very well in the Puppy Bowl.”

Strudel has been trained to run, chase, tackle, and jump.

“Our secret weapon is our forever foster, Wesley, a Great Pyrenees mix,” explains Albright. “He takes all of our puppies under his wing and shows them and trains them.”

Katy Homeschool Student Inspired to Help Animals

Albright fosters puppies, like Strudel for CAP. She was inspired to help animals by witnessing the compassion that her mom and grandparents have for animals.

“I wanted to help animals but did not think I could do much at my age,” says Albright, a Katy homeschool student. “We were rescuing animals around the neighborhood and it was getting too expensive. My mom found the CAP shelter and how our family could foster, and the shelter would pay for all medical needs. This was the perfect answer.”

Strudel has been adopted, but CAP has many adorable pups who need a forever home.

"We can't wait to watch the game on Sunday and know that Strudel has a real chance at winning MVP. She is full of spunk," says Burrascano.

Kitten Bowl Saturday

CAP will also host an event Saturday during Animal Planet's "Kitten Bowl." While they don't have any local kittens in the event, CAP will still waive adoption fees on cats Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

They will also host two events Saturday for cat lovers: Coffee and Cats from 9:30 - 11 a.m. and Cat Yoga from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Local Shelter

Founded in 1972, CAP is committed to sheltering, rescuing and placing homeless animals in loving homes; advocating respect and compassion for all animal life; providing humane education to prevent animal cruelty; and raising awareness in the community of the needs of animals. 

Learn more about CAP at their website.


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