Eagles players join Animal Planet, Morris Animal Refuge for Puppy Bowl draft

Football fans may be psyched about the NFL draft coming to Philadelphia this week, but animal lovers may want to turn an eye toward the Morris Animal Refuge, which will host a “Road to Puppy Bowl Draft Adoption Event” on Wednesday with some help from Eagles players like linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back Terrell Watson, among others.

Animal Planet will partner with the NFL Players Association at Morris Animal Refuge (1242 Lombard St.) on Wednesday, April 26 for the event, which will run 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The goal is help puppies and other animals at Morris find forever homes.

Kendricks and Watson will be joined by fellow Eagles Najee Goode and Ron Brookes, along with NFL hopeful (and Temple University's own) Dion Dawkins. Starting at 3 p.m., the players and attendees will evaluate the potential Puppy Bowl draftees and choose players for Team Ruff and Team Fluff.

From there, the 14-animal list will be added to the draft board before attendees adopt picks to their new home teams.

Animal Planet, according to a release, will cover adoption fees at the event (up to a $500 value), and also will provide new pet parents with a “Wag Bag” of doggy goodies. The network will also broadcast the event on its Facebook page.

For more information, as well as to register for the event, check out the Puppy Draft adoption event' ticketing page.

The Puppy Bowl has regularly featured dogs from the Philadelphia area, and this year had three dogs with Philly connections.