Three Philly-area dogs to compete in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XIII

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Max (left) and Wilma (right) will compete in Puppy Bowl XIII

The Eagles may not be going to the Super Bowl this year, but there still will be locals to cheer for Feb. 5, otherwise known as Super Bowl Sunday. 

They're just not human. 

Three dogs from the Philadelphia area will be featured in this year's Puppy Bowl XIII, Animal Planet's adorable Super Bowl counterprogramming. 

Meet Max, a 13-week-old pit bull mix who hails from Center City's Morris Animal Refuge. He's on Team Fluff:

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Chuchi, a five-and-half-month-old Chihuahua, also hails from Morris, but is, alas, only a back-up puppy. Chuchi is on Team Ruff.

"We may be a small shelter, but we come out with some great champions. It's also great expsoure lore for animal welfare," says Lewis Checchia, CEO of Morris Animal Refuge. "Every year, it brings new people into the shelter to adopt animals, and that's what we're all about."

Checchia is certainly right about the champions: Last year, Morris' pup Leah won MVP

Checchia also says that, like last year, Morris will bring out the competitors for a watch party Super Bowl Sunday at South Philly's Devil's Den.

Repping South Jersey is 16-week-old pug/Shih Tzu mix Wilma, who calls New Life Animal Rescue home.

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This is a big year for the Puppy Bowl. Not only will special needs dogs be included on the Team Ruff/Fluff line ups, but puppies will compete for the Lombarki Trophy. Watch the adorable trailer below:

The Puppy Bowl airs at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 on Animal Planet.

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