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Jan 14, 2020

FURRRST and Goal! Local Senior Dog in Starting Line-Up of Dog Bowl III

Dog Bowl Portraits from PB XVI.

Back by pawpular demand, Animal Planet’s DOG BOWL III airs Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 pm, and Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary of Freehold is thrilled to announce one of its dogs is a starter on the final roster! Wendy, an 11-year-old Dachshund, will enter the GEICO gridiron alongside dozens of other pooches from animal shelters across the country, vying for the first-ever Super Senior Award. This one-hour special is hosted by award-winning animal advocate Jill Rappaport.

Wendy, who is available for adoption at Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, spent the first four years of her life in a puppy mill. She was adopted by a family, but after four years, they were no longer able to care for her. Marty’s Place welcomed Wendy to its Upper Freehold facility on Dec. 23, 2016. She is currently being treated for Addison’s disease and a slow-growing thyroid tumor, but that has not stopped her from embracing life and everyone that comes to the sanctuary. She’s a bundle of energy and loves her food and treats, especially when the treats are inside a treat ball!

The action continues on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3 pm with PUPPY BOWL XVI. For the last 16 years, Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL has owned the world’s cutest sporting event on television as two teams of the fluffiest and cuddliest line barkers and wide retrievers take to the gridiron for a playful game of terrier touchdown, puppy penalties and furry fumbles. Representing rescues and shelters from across the country, these adoptable four-legged players that make up #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and, more importantly, their forever homes. In past years, 100 percent of the puppies and kittens that have participated in PUPPY BOWL and DOG BOWL have been adopted to loving families.

About Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary
Inspired by a senior dog adoptee named Marty and the plight of other aging canines with nowhere to safely and comfortably live out their “golden” years, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a permanent, loving, protected environment for dogs age 7 and older when their owners or other animal rescue/shelters can no longer care for them.

Situated on 25 acres, the 8,000-square-foot facility in Upper Freehold opened its doors in the fall of 2015, with the first residents arriving at the end of October. In the months that followed, with the help of a small staff and an amazing group of volunteers, Marty’s Place has created a caring community for senior dogs. They come to the sanctuary from different backgrounds and for different reasons.

Marty’s Place also offers a swim program for its residents and non-resident dogs of all ages in its indoor, salt water pool.

For more information, visit or call 609-259-1278.