Puppy Bowl 2020 will feature 5 special needs dogs

Posted at 11:30 AM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 12:30:51-05

Before the 49ers face off against the Chiefs, a pack of adorable pups will face one another on a different gridiron for the annual Puppy Bowl.

This year's Puppy Bowl XVI, Animal Planet's Dog Bowl event that takes place every Super Bowl Sunday and features dogs living in rescues and shelters, will also include five special needs dogs.

"These fuzzballs won’t let anything deter them from playing hard and finding a loving family," Animal Planet said in a press release. "As always, viewers are ready for a cuteness overload."

Take a look at all five furry competitors below.

Rooster An American Staffordshire terrier /bulldog mix with a cleft palate.

Ferris A three-legged Labrador retriever mix.

Kismet A hearing impaired Great Dane.

Paprika A hearing-impaired Chihuahua mix.

Filbert A blind and hearing-impaired Shetland sheepdog mix

This is the third year that the Puppy Bowl presents the Dog Bowl with over 60 adoptable dogs ranging between the ages of 3 to 14 years old.

Animal Planet will feature over 150 adoptable puppies and dogs combined from both game days.

A representative from the American Humane Association will be on set during play to ensure the safety of all animals and a veterinarian will be there to examine each animal before they take the field.