The annual puppy bowl in Western North Carolina drew the biggest crowd to date.
On Sunday, the turf was set and the crowd of more than 300 was ready for the 4th annual match of Team Ruff against Team Gruff.
Defense, offense, even “ruff-ing” the passer, the pups showed no mercy on the field.
“Did you care who won today?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman.
“All the puppies win in my book, so I’m good.” Bryan Ecclestone said.
Running the ball to the end zone, Team Ruff was leading in the second half. Event organizers say there are no losers in the puppy bowl.
“We all win! We all win! That’s why there’s no team end zones,” said Lisa Mcdonald, with Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. “You pick up a toy, you run to the end zone, puppies win! We win!”
The event aims to get dogs of all ages adopted.
“It raises awareness that there are a lot of animals in this community that needs homes. So during half time we also highlight some adult dogs that need homes,” Brooke Fornea, of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, told 7News.
It seemed to work, because out of the 40 dogs that competed 30 found their “fur-ever” homes on Sunday.
The “fur-endly” competition also raises money for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, of Asheville, and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, of Henderson County, and their no-kill vision for Western North Carolina.
“The whole event is vegan,” said Mcdonald. “No living creature was harmed in the making of the puppy bowl.”
7News asked the players Rams or Patriots? But they were too busy chewing footballs to care.