Uggie Spokesdog for Pets of Valor Award

He starred in the Academy Award-winning movie The Artist, and now charismatic canine Uggie has accepted the role of spokesdog for an award that lets heroic companion animals step into the spotlight.

On June 2nd Uggie will help to announce the winner of The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, which celebrates the human-animal bond by recognizing the resolve of loyal Fidos and felines who have helped people in need.

“Uggie’s honored to have been chosen by The Humane Society of the United States to be spokesdog for The Pets of Valor Award, although he did hesitate at first when he heard that cats were to be included, but now he likes the idea of having an excuse to bark for them, instead of at them,” says Omar Von Muller, Uggie’s owner and trainer.

Through April 12, 2013 dog devotees and fans of feline are invited to nominate a rescue or adopted canine or cat who has done a courageous deed between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 for the honor. Five finalists will be selected by animal experts, with the winner chosen by a public online vote which will run from May 24 – 31, 2013.

Photo Credit: Omar Von Muller

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.