ANDREW DAROSA, STAFF WRITER
Jan. 17, 2024
Thirteen Connecticut rescue pups will square off to bring their team — Team Ruff or Team Fluff — to victory and have a shot winning the "Lombarky” trophy in the upcoming Puppy Bowl.
Seven Connecticut shelters will be represented at this year's Puppy Bowl: American Lab Rescue, Connecticut Humane Society, Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Dog Star Rescue, Lucky Dog Refuge, Pack Leaders Refuge of CT and Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue, according to a news release. Last year, nine pups from Connecticut made the team.
The Puppy Bowl aims to highlight the efforts of rescue and shelter workers helping animals find new homes, the news release said. Puppy Bowl XX features 131 puppies, and 73 shelters and rescues from 36 states.
Some puppies will be "manning the control room," a bit in the show that will feature pups stationed next to lighting panels and cameras as they "control" them, according to a spokesperson for the Puppy Bowl. Longtime referee Dan Schachner will return this year to mark his thirteenth year overseeing the Puppy Bowl. Schachner will have his own puppy assistant coach on the sidelines. As with previous years, the Kitty Halftime Show will take center stage during intermission.
In celebration of the twentieth Puppy Bowl, four previous Puppy Bowl players will return to the gridiron to be inducted into the new Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame.
Puppy Bowl XX will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., and will air on Animal Planet, Discovery, TBS, TruTV, discovery + and Max.
Scroll below to see which Connecticut dogs are participating in this year's Puppy Bowl.