Feb 7, 2016 7:23 PM

Humane Society holds watch party for 12th Annual Puppybowl involving 3 local rescue pups

MERRIMACK - The New England Patriots may not be in the Superbowl this year, but on Sunday, three stars out of New Hampshire made an appearance in the 12th annual Puppy Bowl.

"It just really highlights how amazing these dogs can be. It doesn't matter where they come from, what they do, what they are, what their breed is. Just the fact that these are our little unwanted guys that are now so loved and greeting hundreds of their fans here today. It's really moving to see that," Noelle Schuiler, Assistant Director of Development at the Humane Society of Greater Nashua said.

With the Puppy Bowl's own watch party at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, locals cheered on Ranger, Tate, and Timber. Three puppies that were impounded in Texas, and then rescued with the help of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua and Alamo Rescue friends of Texas.

"We're supporters of the Humane Society, they do great work and do a great job. We got our cat from the Humane Society. Brutus. He's a big baby, we've had him for about 15 years and we really love him," Don Canney from Litchfield said.

The partnership between the two non-profit rescue organizations saved three little lives, and after teaming up to bring Ranger, Tate, and Timber to the Puppy Bowl, it also gave them and all of the other contestants the opportunity of a lifetime to show the nation just how adorable and talented sheltered animals can be.

"We saw him on the Humane Society webpage and we just couldn't resist, we just had to come and see him," Timber's adopter Tom Gagnon said. "You find dogs like this, they're everywhere and this guys has made such a big difference for us. And it turns out I guess he was a star."

Along with special appearances from stars of last year's Puppy bowl, the event gave people the opportunity to not only cheer on the furry players, but also the chance to support their local Humane Society with donations for more than 2,000 pets awaiting their forever homes.

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