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Dogs to Play Football for Charity

November 12, 2002

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ It’s billed as the world’s first football game for dogs.

On Saturday, a group of canines and their owners will take to the gridiron, playing in the ``Dog Bowl″ to raise funds for the Free Shot Clinic Program run by the Michigan Animal Adoption Network.

The Farmington Hills-based group provides free rabies and distemper vaccinations for dogs and cats when owners can’t afford the treatments. Last year, the adoption network vaccinated more than 3,000 animals at clinics in the Detroit area.

``We have quite a few seniors and single mothers who are having a difficult time finding the means to take their dog and cat to the vet for shots,″ Marie Skladd, the adoption network executive director, told The Oakland Press of Pontiac.

Dogs will be tossed passes by a quarterback using a soft doggie football. They will be judged on style and the number of receptions.


On the Net:

Michigan Animal Adoption Network, http://www.mi-aan.org/

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