TIVERTON, R.I. (KAKE/CNN) - Just when the annual 'Puppy Bowl' couldn't get any cuter, a special rescue dog from Rhode Island is gearing up for his appearance on the television special. 

The National Desk reports Joey just turned one year old on Christmas. And while he doesn't have any front legs, his owners says he's happy and healthy. 

"He’s got no issues,” said Cathy Larson, who adopted Joey when he was 6 months old. “He’s up to date on everything and has a great appetite. He does require a little additional care and treatment, but he’s totally worth it."

Joey was surrendered to the Connecticut Humane Society in early 2022.

Larson said Joey’s uniqueness makes him perfect for Puppy Bowl, which celebrates puppies, animal shelters and rescues.

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What is the Puppy Bowl?

The show’s producers split a bunch of pups into two teams, put them in a mini football stadium with dog-approved toys, and watch them score “touchdowns.” It airs February 12 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Animal Planet.

While the fluffy fur babies play, announcers provide entertaining commentary. The winning team takes home the coveted Chewy “Lombarky” Trophy.

The big game is famous for its slow motion replays, iconic water bowl cam and, of course, the Pedigree puppy kiss cam.

It’s all cute fun, but the real purpose of the Puppy Bowl is to encourage adoptions.

For the past 16 years that the Puppy Bowl has been played, 100% of the available animals have been successfully adopted.