Austin Humane Society Hosts Puppy Bowl Adoption Event

On the eve of the Super Bowl, some four-legged players hit the gridiron in Austin on Saturday. The Puppy Bowl has returned to the Austin Humane Society after having to cancel last year due to COVID.

“It’s our big family celebration before the big game,” said Sarah Hammel, director of community support programs at the Austin Humane Society. “It’s a great day for people to come out and see the shelter, see what we’re doing here, learn about our program and, of course, hug each other.”

The 15th annual event featured vendors, food trucks, games for kids and, of course, the famous puppy races and Super Bowl predictions.

“The puppies are going to pick the winner. I think our puppies are like 5 for 6 being correct on their pick,” Hammel said.

Local business owners volunteered their time and talents to help make the Puppy Bowl a success. Companies such as Luxury Austin Paws Mobile Cat Grooming, which offered $20 nail clippings for puppies, and Yard Bar, which served drinks to attendees. All proceeds will help the shelter look after the puppies for the coming year.

“I love animals and yet I can use my skills to do so,” said Madame Moxie, owner of Luxury Austin Paws.

“We’re just here to have a good time with the dogs,” said Yard Bar beverage manager Paul Chapin.

The event also offered the chance to bring home a new furry friend.

“We saw him at the last minute and we said to ourselves that we were going to torture ourselves and that we were going to see puppies a little”, says Christian Ostberg, who did not expect to adopt a puppy, but whose opinion quickly changed. “I walked in, saw it right away and was obsessed.”

“The puppy bowl was the perfect opportunity to have a new addition to the family,” said Zandra, who adopted a new pup named Sadie.

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