Inside the Stagecoach
January 29, 2015

Puppies square off at the big bowl game

This year’s “Puppy Bowl XI” includes three dogs adopted by Wells Fargo families through an animal rescue group run by a team member.

Five rescue dogs — including Miss Sassy (pictured above)— from Wells Fargo team member Amy Heinz’s pet rescue are set to participate in Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XII” in 2016. The story below documents the 2015 journey of the three puppies from Amy’s nonprofit to the big game.

As football fans prepare for the sport’s biggest game of the year, dog lovers are getting ready for another big game — Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XI.” This year’s contenders include three rescue dogs adopted by Wells Fargo families: Scarlet, Blue, and Columbo (“Bo”).

The puppies come from team member Amy Heinz’s pet rescue organization, AHeinz57, in Des Moines, Iowa.

This is the third year in a row Amy’s nonprofit has sent puppies to the event, which helps raise awareness for homeless animals and funds for shelters.

Scarlet, a Doberman pinscher puppy
Beagle mix puppy Bo with Nikki’s daughter Halle
Blue, a schnauzer-poodle mix puppy
The Vogel family with Scarlet
Doberman pinscher puppies
Rescue puppies from AHeinz57
Amy Heinz with a rescue dog
Scarlet, a Doberman pinscher puppy, is the Vogel family’s most recent addition.
Bo, a beagle mix rescue dog, with Nikki’s daughter Halle.
Blue and his adopted “older sister” Molly.
The Vogel family with Scarlet.
Scarlet and another rescue dog from Amy’s pet rescue organization, AHeinz57.
Rescue dogs from AHeinz57.
Amy, a Wells Fargo operational risk consultant in Des Moines, Iowa, has operated AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport since 2008.

“Puppy Bowl XI” will be televised on Feb. 1 on the Animal Planet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, and on a repeating loop until 1 a.m. Eastern time. You can find pictures of the three dogs, plus all the other puppy players, on the show’s website.

Amy, an operational risk consultant with Wells Fargo in Des Moines, says, “Each year, this show helps us place hundreds of dogs in homes. We are honored to be a part of it and can’t wait to see our pups featured in primetime.”

  • Jacob Vogel, a Home Lending implementation consultant, and his wife welcomed Scarlet, a Doberman pinscher puppy, to their family of four in September after purchasing their first home. The Vogels have a 4-year-old son and a 1- year-old daughter. Jacob says, “We always knew that we’d adopt a dog when we owned our own home, and Scarlet has been a wonderful addition to our family. She’s so good with our kids and we couldn’t be happier to have her in our lives.”
  • Nikki Beals, a mortgage processor, and her family adopted Bo, a beagle mix, in November. Nikki has an 8-month-old daughter. Nikki says, “There are so many animals that need homes and families to love. Bo is doing great in our home, and we are so glad that he’s joined our family.”
  • Blue is a schnauzer-poodle mix who was adopted by Cathy Chaffin, a customer service manager, and her dog Molly.

In 2014, Amy’s pet rescue organization facilitated 800 pet adoptions and transported more than 2,600 dogs from kill shelters. This year, six puppies in total from Amy’s organization are included in the show. Her story was featured on Wells Fargo ATMs throughout the U.S. and, since 2008, countless Wells Fargo team members have supported AHeinz57.