These Pups Rescued From Puerto Rico Are Part Of This Year’s Puppy Bowl

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Sunday’s Puppy Bowl XIV will include two extra special canine athletes.

Every year, the incident, which commits a bunch of adorable puppies frolicking around, helps as Animal Planet’s counter-programming to the Super Bowl . All of the participating puppies come from animal shelters or recovery groups, and this year, two of the puppies are swine rescued from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria .

Kaleb Jr. and Archer, both mixed-breeds, were transported to the U.S. mainland by The Sato Project, a nonprofit focused on facilitating Puerto Rico’s stray pups, ABC News reports .

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Archer , now known as Maddox, is slated as a “back-up pup” in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIV.

The Sato Project has sent puppies to the Puppy Bowl for the past seven years, according to Bustle, but this year its participation takes on a new significance as Puerto Rico strives removed from the typhoon. As of Wednesday, practically 30 percentage of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority patrons still had no influence .

“We’re hoping these little pups on Sunday are going to fly the flag high-pitched and proud and beings will once again start to realize that the crisis isn’t over there and we are a part of the USA, ” Sato Project founder Chrissy Beckles told ABC 7.

Kaleb Jr. and Archer have already been adopted by families in New York state, and both have been given brand-new identifies — Murphy and Maddox, respectively, AM New York reports . They’re still called Kaleb Jr. and Archer in Puppy Bowl XIV promotional materials, though, so those are likely the appoints that will be used when the program airs.

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Kaleb Jr ., now known as Murphy, is part of the starting lineup of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIV.

Both puppies now appear to have great living and cherishing homes, according to what their families told AM New York. Maddox, aka Archer, is a “super loving” puppy who were receiving belly scratch. And Murphy, aka Kaleb Jr ., is a friendly, gregarious puppy whose hobbies include trying to sneak bites of steak and chasing a “cat-o-nine-tail” mentioned Milton.

The Sato Project still has other bird-dogs available for adoption, though. The group is also accepting applications for temporary dog foster homes as well as for voluntaries in both New York and Puerto Rico.

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