Local Puppies Making Their Puppy Bowl XVIII Debut – CBS Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) — Three local puppies will make their national television debut next month when they take the field for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XVIII. Rescue dogs Maisie, Billie and Jenna are part of the local animal rescue group Compassion Kind of St. Petersburg. Billie will play in the starting lineup. Masie will come from the bench. Both dogs will play for the Ruff team. Featured as a cheerleader for Team Fluff, sweet pup Jenna.

The adorable pups flew with Compassion Kind founders Aja Nikiya Estero and Kim Mniece from Florida to New York for the check-in. They were among 118 rescue puppies from 67 shelters across the country who joined Teams Ruff and Fluff in the annual event broadcast Feb. 13 – Super Bowl Sunday. Since the Puppy Bowl was taped several weeks ago, all three puppies have now found their forever home.

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Maisie (terrier puppy) was donated to Compassion Kind while they were on the ground in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida. The owner could no longer take care of her after the family lost everything in the storm and put her back. She is full of courage and attitude. She’s adorable and she knows it! She was adopted by a lovely family who live in Buffalo, New York. They had moved from Florida to Buffalo the week the Puppy Bowl was taped, so she went home right after. She has a dog sister and a one-year-old human sister. She sees snow for the first time and loves it. She is much loved and spoiled. Maisie’s new name is Ida.

Billie (boxer puppy) was found with her litter in Puerto Rico as a stray. She was one of eight. She now has two other dog siblings and two human teenage sisters. Her mom calls her “her soul dog” and she accompanies her everywhere. She loves a good Starbucks run. Billie can be quite shy at times, but she is getting more and more confident every day and learning from her dog siblings who she adores and loves to play with.

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Jenna (terrier/hound) was also roaming Puerto Rico with her sister, Jackie. They were adopted separately. Jenna is very shy, but she has bursts of confidence and can be very brave. She was adopted by a large family in St. Petersburg. She loves to play with her two dog siblings. She is super spoiled and adored and her new name is Izzy.

“This year has been very difficult for rescues,” said Compassion Kind founder Estero. “We are grateful to have been selected to include some of our rescues in the Puppy Bowl. I hope we can raise awareness of our global rescue efforts and equip our nonprofit with donations and supplies for all that. this year will bring. To date, Compassion Kind has rescued over 7,000 animals.
Estero says, “Our mission is to inspire compassion through global action. We are very grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to help those in need. We’re also grateful to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl producers for hosting another amazing competition and including Compassion Kind in their cast. We invite you to join us for a Puppy Bowl Watch Party at the Dog Bar in St. Petersburg on game day from 1-6 p.m., where you can also meet Billie and Jenna.

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To learn more about the work of Compassion Kind, a 501(c)(3) organization, and how you can get involved as a volunteer, foster or adoptive parent, please visit the website.

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