By WVUA 23 Reporter Sam Luther and WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Savannah BullardThis year’s Iron Bowl was played in Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the Alabama rivalry extends far past football; it also includes animal shelters.Saturday marks the 83rd meeting between Alabama and Auburn on the gridiron. But, in Tuscaloosa and Lee Counties, this is only the second-ever Bark Bowl, a friendly competition between to rivals to raise money for a good cause.“Well, there’s no loser, really, because all funds go to our medical fund,” Nicki Hoggle, who works at the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter, said. “And so it’s a win-win situation for both of us.”But, make no mistake, Hoggle wants to win.“Well, we just want to win this year (because) we lost last year,” Hoggle said.Hoggle said the money donated will go a long way to helping the shelter.“The medical fund is our biggest expense,” Hoggle said. “We always have, you know, animals that come in that have been hit by a car. That also covers for us to be able to continue to get our animals spayed and neutered so it’s a very big deal.”A pair of Iron Bowl tickets were also auctioned off, with profits going back to the medical fund. To donate or get involved, the deadline is the end of November. A donation of $1 equal one vote. Just visit the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter on 35th Street or click here to donate.
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