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Best Friends and Puppy Bowl XX scored a touchdown for the animals!

Our very own Sonny, a puppy from our New York City lifesaving center, took the field representing Team Ruff when Puppy Bowl XX aired on February 11, 2024.

Puppies were the stars of the show, but from Best Friends locations alone, more than 220 cats and kittens were adopted. In the end, a total of 3,200 pets went home from Best Friends and our partners combined.

See some of the new happy families.

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Donate to make Puppy Bowl XX an even bigger win for the animals

In celebration of Puppy Bowl XX, the Puppy Bowl is hosting a giving campaign benefiting Best Friends Animal Society. Thanks to this fundraising push, every dog and cat at our lifesaving centers and our animal sanctuary had their adoption fees waived February 7-14.

Your gift today will go straight to work saving the lives of dogs and cats just like Sonny and providing homeless animals the help and healing they need to find loving homes.

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Meet Sonny, the star of Team Ruff

Adopt a new best friend like Sonny today

When you adopt a pet you not only save a life, but you also free up space in the shelter for another homeless pet. And that’s why Puppy Bowl and Best Friends want you to adopt your next pet.

More than 140 Best Friends shelter and rescue group partners around the country participated in the fee-waived adoption week.

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Adopt from Best Friends

Best Friends partners with animal shelters around the country to save more lives. Not near one of our locations or programs? Adopt from a Best Friends Network Partner in your community.

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Not ready to adopt?

There are so many ways you can save dogs and cats where you live, and we'll show you how.

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Who we are

The 20th anniversary of the Puppy Bowl is going to be a big one. The second most-watched show on Super Bowl Sunday will be simulcast on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, TBS, TruTV, Max, and Discovery+ on February 11 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT when Team Ruff and Team Fluff face off to compete for the championship.

Best Friends Animal Society is the leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters in 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 378,000 in 2022. 

Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Collaborating with a network of thousands of animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All. For more information, visit