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Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl will go on as planned. Here's a look at the starting lineup
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Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl will go on as planned. Here's a look at the starting lineup

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The most beloved and fur-ocious competition on TV will go forward as planned.

Even though the last few months have been ruff for special events, Puppy Bowl XVII will premiere on Discovery+ and Animal Planet on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. ET, according to an announcement from Discovery.

The three-hour event will feature 70 puppies from 22 different shelters, all of them up for adoption.

The annual romp, in which Team Ruff and Team Fluff go paws to paws, aims to raise awareness of pet adoption and showcase the vital work of shelters and rescues.

According to a press release, the past 16 editions of Puppy Bowl have seen a 100% adoption rate for the puppies and kittens featured.

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" play-by-play announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele will provide commentary and analysis during this year's game.

Dan Schanchner will reprise his role as "rufferee."

For cat lovers, the Kitty Halftime Show will take place once again.

Here's the starting lineup for the 2021 Puppy Bowl:

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