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Are you ready for some cuteness?! KITTEN BOWL III is on Su-purr bowl Sunday, Feb 7th at 12 PM ET/PT, 11C only on the Hallmark Channel.

Kitten Bowl trading card

The highly anticipated four-legged game is hosted by Beth Stern with play-by-play announcers John Sterling (iconic radio voice of the New York Yankees) and Mary Carillo (award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator) and special guest appearances by Commissioner Boomer Esiason, Kevin Nealon and many more. This year, the half-time show is cuter than ever when the feline players will be introduced to a team of puppies for the first time.

Kitten Bowl puppy

Additionally, Hallmark partnered with Snaps to launch Kitten Bowl III emojis, available on the Apple Store and Google Play store. The keyboard includes emojis of the cat-letes including Rob Gron-Cat-Ski, Howie Longhair and Coach John Hairball.

Kitten Bowl emojis

Angela Megrey, Vice President, Social Media, Crown Media Family Networks said “the shareable and adorable keyboard emojis not only connects our fans to the Kitten Bowl franchise, but also helps spread increased awareness for ‘Pet Project,’ Hallmark Channel’s advocacy in pet adoption”. We love that it helps spread the word for pet rescue, and the emojis are really fun too!

You can also see cute Cat Center updates by visiting Cat Center! Hallmark Channel’s CAT CENTER shares weekly FFL highlights and updates hosted by John Sterling and Mary Carillo. You can get to know some of the players before the big event on Sunday!

Beyond being super cute, Kitten Bowl also helps spread the word about animal rescue! All adoptable kittens were provided by North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation and have since found forever homes.

We hope that you tune in Sunday!

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Foster Parenting a Dog

Becoming a dog foster parent is a special job. When you agree to foster parent a rescue dog, you are basically taking responsibility for their care until someone permanently adopts them. This is a very admirable task that comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Dog sitting

What Is Needed
A deep love of dogs becomes the first requirement, as many dogs that are rescued have issues that need to be dealt with. Some have fallen ill and are suffering from malnutrition. Others have had to endure unfavorable environments or experiences that have caused them to be mistrusting of humans.

If you are fostering puppies who have left their mothers too early, part of the job may require you to feed them regularly during the day and nighttime hours. Other dogs needing foster care may not have been trained at all, and might feel stressed because of time they have had to spend in an animal shelter. When you are a dog foster parent, your task is to make sure that the dog you are caring for is gotten into the best shape as possible, to be sure that someone will want to adopt them.

In order to be up for the job, you will need to know how to care for dogs and have the time in your schedule to give them a good amount of attention. Regular feeding, bathing and giving them medication are all a part of this unpaid job. Make sure you have enough space in your home and time in your schedule to allow for the basics of taking care of the dog. This includes training the dog, playing with the dog and exercising him.

Continuing Support
It can be an expensive and difficult task to take in rescue dogs. However, there is help available for you. You may benefit from affiliating with a rescue group in your area. Some offer financial support, wise advice and much-needed veterinary care. Some rescue dog operations neuter dogs before releasing them, so if this is the case you may need to give them an extra dose of TLC.

Home Life
Both your human and doggie family will need to keep a loving and forgiving attitude toward your canine guest. If you do already have dogs, make sure you are giving them enough playtime and attention to make sure they don’t feel left out.

Saying Farewell
Chances are, you aren’t going to be able to adopt every single dog that needs a home. Saying goodbye is an inevitable part of becoming a dog foster parent. After all, the goal is to find the dog a forever home. Although saying goodbye to your new found friend may be difficult, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have done the right thing in granting this dog a brand new start. Now, you will be free to open your home to another rescue dog that needs you.

James Marquis is part of Lifestyle Pets, a blog dedicated to providing tips and help to pet owners. He is owned by a schnauzer-terrier mix named Ace.

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Fetching Hope this holiday season

Cute and comfortable shoes that also help shelter dogs in need? Absolutely! Talk about a gift made in heaven! What dog lover wouldn’t love to find a pair under their tree? Imagine the excitement when the lucky recipient also learns that their fun and comfy shoes helped animal rescue too!


This season Bzees is partnering with I Am Not A Monster to donate $5 per item sold to their Monster Holiday Drive, supporting animal rescue shelters across the United States.


Bzees is the go-to footwear that is both simple and stylish. Easy-to-wear and easy-to-wash, Bzees is your ideal walking companion — besides your furry friend, of course! Bzees are designed with air-infused outsoles, free foam footbeds, dynamic stretch uppers and are antimicrobial. Translation: clouds on your feet!

Oh, did we mention they’re made for the washing machine? Dusty puppy paw-prints be gone!

Bzees is passionate about their favorite rescue dog and Chief Canine Officer, Oliver. They created Fetching Hope in his honor and through this effort, they’ll partner with animal rescue and advocacy groups to raise awareness and funds to improve, protect and comfort dogs in need.

You can even pick your own special elf to support through the Monster Holiday Drive… just look at these sweet faces!

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What are you waiting for? Go get some cute and comfy shoes for your loved ones (and a few for yourself) and help rescue pups at the same time. Gift giving for the win!

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The Gift of Friendship at The Donkey Sanctuary

Today we want to share a special story with you about The Gift of Friendship. It’s about a donkey at The Donkey Sanctuary called Zena, and the story follows the tough times she encountered growing up and how the Donkey Sanctuary was able to help her.

Zena met special friends at the Donkey Sanctuary, both human and donkey, that helped her recover. If you visit their website you will find some fun things including a Donkey quiz where you can find out which Donkey you are most like, and some donkey Christmas craft ideas such as Felt Donkeys and colouring-in cards!

Hope over to the website and let me know which donkey you should adopt! I took the quiz and was told I should adopt Pooh.


And be sure to let us know if you make any of the fun crafts too!

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