Every animal lover knows that the best action this Sunday doesn’t kick off in the evening, but much earlier in the day, and it happens to feature much cuter dogpiles. For the 12th year in a row, American Humane Association was on set to monitor the puppies, cats, chickens and other critters on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XII!
As we’ve done in the past, American Humane Association Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ (CASR) from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program worked closely with the puppies’ trainers to make sure everything went perfectly. In particular, we’d like to give a big shout-out to our fantastic CASR Sandi-Lynn Buck, who has monitored the puppies and kittens for the Puppy Bowl 12 years in a row! Sandi-Lynn’s role included making sure the on-set vet checked each puppy for up to date vaccines, medical records and physical exams before they worked that day. She also monitored the puppies’ headshots for the individual introductions. If a particular pair of puppies weren’t getting along, reps like Sandi stepped in and separated them. She also made sure the puppies were consistently fed and given water in the green room. All of these activities also applied to the Kitten Halftime show.
An interesting tidbit: Every year, the producers and wonderful folks at Animal Planet refer to Sandi and puppy wrangler Victoria Schade as “The Dream Team” since they’ve been doing this together for almost 12 years.
American Humane Association also sent CASRs to cover the animal action in all of the “Close and Personal” shoots (the documentary style segments which introduced some of the puppies to their new owners). Basically, there was no stone left unturned during Puppy Bowl XII!
So no matter how rambunctious those cute little pups get, rest assured, that thanks to our dedicated “No Animals Were Harmed” team, there was a never a worry that these little gridiron stars would play too “ruff”!
For more information about American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed” program, please visit www.HumaneHollywood.org.