NFL game fills stands with 200 cardboard cutouts of adoptable pets

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably noticed something a little different about the games this year: there are no people in the crowds.

Because of limits on large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, games haven’t been attended by any actual humans. Instead, most teams have been placing cardboard cutouts of their fans in the stands instead.

But at one recent NFL game, the cardboard “fans” were actually shelter pets, in an inspiring effort to get the word out about these adoptable animals.

Mars Petcare teamed up with the Tennessee Titans to place 200 cutouts of adoptable dogs and cats in their game last night against the Houston Texans.

Tennessee Titans welcome 200 adoptable dog and cat cutouts at Nissan Stadium for the game vs. the Houston Texans ahead of the 12th Mars Petcare annual BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Adoption Weekend, taking place Oct. 17-18 in Nashville and Houston.

The event was part of their Better Cities for Pets Adoption Weekend, coinciding with Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.

Clearly pet adoption was a cause these rival teams could agree on, as the event benefits shelters throughout both Tennessee and Houston.

Through the promotion they were able to show off these beautiful cats and dogs to a wide audience of Sunday Night Football fans, who were encouraged to visit their site for more information about adoption. Participating shelters also offered a meet-and-greet with the pets over Zoom.

It’s the latest creative effort to encourage pet adoption in the time of social distancing. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, and it’s also been a time when more and more people have been deciding to adopt, needing the companionship of a pet more than ever.

“Now more than ever people are looking to pets for comfort and companionship, and we want to ensure as many people as possible can experience the love and support that pets can offer,” said Jam Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare in a press release

“By expanding this year’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS Adoption Weekend, we hope to help more people find their forever friend and further support our mission of ending pet homelessness.”

What a great idea! We hope people see these beautiful cats and dogs and decide to give them a great home!

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