Nominations for 2014 Hero Dog Awards Underway

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AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION ELLEShining a well-deserved spotlight on stout-hearted Spots, the American Humane Association has just unleashed the nomination process for the 2014 Hero Dog Awards.

Through February 28th fans of Fidos can nominate a courageous canine as a candidate in one of eight categories:

  • Law Enforcement Dogs
  • Military Dogs
  • Arson Dogs
  • Search and Rescue Dogs
  • Guide/Hearing Dogs
  • Service Dogs
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Emerging Hero Dogs, in recognition of ‘ordinary’ dogs who accomplish extraordinary deeds

The pup-loving public will pick the 24 four-legged semi-finalists (three in each category) during the first round, followed by a second round featuring the votes of both the public and notables who will narrow the field down to eight valiant dogs who will vie for the title of 2014 American Hero Dog. Past celebrity judges have included Whoopi Goldberg, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Stillwell and many more. Even celebrity dogs are getting involved: “I believe all dogs are heroes!” says American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards National Spokesdog Super Smiley, who with handler, actress, and “The Pet Lifestyle Coach®” Megan Blake have their own show on Pet Life Radio and advocate to get shelter pets adopted. “When you look in your dogs eyes, I bet you see a hero lookin’ right back! Nominate your best friend today! I’ll be watchin’ for them!”

Finalists in each of the eight categories and two of their human companions will be flown to Hollywood, where the Rovers will walk the red carpet at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ gala, which will take place on September 27, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Each of the finalists at the star-studded black-tie event will be a hero for a charity chosen from the contest’s list of 15 charity partners, as each dog will win a $1,500 donation, while the evening’s top dog will garner an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

“For thousands of years, dogs have been a vital part of our lives, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that American Humane Association stepped up to officially recognize the amazing work these dogs do every day,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “Hero dogs do so much to keep us safe, happy, and healthy. It is the least we can do to honor them on their special night every fall. We can’t wait to meet the 2014 class of Hero Dogs.”

For more information regarding the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards:

Elle, a pit bull therapy dog (seen in the photo above), was the recipient of last year’s top honor:

Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/American Humane Association

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