Since 2010 the presentation has helped to shine a spotlight on such stout-hearted Spots as Gabe, who saved our soldiers’ lives in the desert sands of Iraq by sniffing out caches of potentially deadly weapons; and Roselle, who bravely and calmly led her blind pet parent, Michael Hingson, down 1,463 stairs in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terror attacks. Now the nation’s oldest humanitarian organization is looking to add more courageous canines to that illustrious list.
Through April 30, 2013 dog devotees age 18 or older can nominate an intrepid tail-wagger in one of eight categories:
Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs
Search and Rescue Dogs
Emerging Hero Dogs, in recognition of “ordinary” Rovers who do extraordinary things or are just heroes to us.
Finalists in each category will be selected by the American public via online voting, which is scheduled to begin May 7th. Following the announcement of the eight finalists, the public and a special blue-ribbon celebrity judging panel will have the chance to name the top American Hero Dog of 2013.
Every finalist will be presented with a Hero Dog award for their feats of loyalty, bravery, and love, and win $1,500 for a selected charity partner. In addition, one finalist will walk away with top honors as the winning American Hero Dog for 2013, securing an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.
“For far too long, the brave work of our hero dogs has gone unnoticed,” said. Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “I’m happy to say that because of the Hero Dog Awards, the public is paying more attention than ever before to the invaluable work done by millions of dogs every day to keep us healthy, safe, and, yes, happy. I encourage all Americans who enjoy the love and benefits of this unique human-animal bond to nominate their own personal four-legged hero.”
For more information:
- visit www.herodogawards.org
Take a look back at the star-studded culmination of the 2012 Hero Dog Awards:
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