At Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Sunday, quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco will be arch rivals.
But at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, Kaepernick Kitten and Joe Flacco Puppy were getting along nicely earlier this week.
Maddie Ward, social media coordinator for the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, noticed Monday night that a black beagle/dachshund mix puppy rescued from Virginia, and a white and orange kitten rescued from Alabama, got along very well when the two were introduced.
“The puppy started sniffing and the kitten licked the ear of the puppy,” said Ward. She was reminded of San Francisco starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Baltimore starting quarterback Joe Flacco, who have avoided any disparaging comments about each other in the media. She had been looking for a way to combine animals up for adoption at the Animal League with Super Bowl fever.
“I’d really been in the Super Bowl spirit, looking for something to do beyond the ‘Puppy Bowl’ fervor,” said Ward, referring to Animal Planet’s annual Super Bowl day marathon, featuring a group of puppies playing at random on a miniature football field.
Ward had the two animals pose for a Twitter photo. In the caption, the two were referred to as “Flacco Beagle/Dachshund” and “Kaepernick Kitten.”
It wasn’t just a Twitter gag. Ward said that the Animal League will often evaluate the interactions between cats and dogs to judge whether potential adoptees can cooperate with other animals, in case prospective adopters already have pets.
“A lot of our dogs, we do something called dog-and-cat tests, to see how animals react to one another,” said Ward. “To see if the dogs and cats are going to be good together -- sizing up competition.”
The Twitter photo did lead to adoptions. A person came in Tuesday after seeing the picture, but ended up adopting Flacco’s brother. Flacco ended up being adopted later in the day, and Kaepernick Kitten was adopted Wednesday.
Flacco did have at least one confirmed tendency shared with his namesake.
“Flacco does love squeaky footballs,” said Ward.