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Rin Tin Tin Named American Humane Association’s Spokesdog

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Born in the battlefields of France in World War I, after his rescue by an American soldier Rin Tin Tin would become a cinematic symbol of courage, and the descendants of the world’s most recognized Rover have proudly carried on his legacy of loyalty. Rin Tin Tin III would play a key role in the creation of the US Military Working Dog training program at California’s Camp Hahn in 1939, and his progeny would serve their country as war heroes and even as a member of a search and recovery team at the Pentagon after the attacks of 9/11.

A heritage of heroism continues with the current Rin Tin Tin. A member of the elite search dog recovery unit in Arkansas, the German Shepherd has now taken on the role of the American Humane Association’s first spokesdog.

“We are thrilled to have quite possibly the most famous dog in the world, RIN TIN TIN, join American Humane Association as our national spokesdog,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Humane Association. “RIN TIN TIN will act as a representative for American Humane Association’s Red Star Emergency Response unit, currently deployed to rescue animals in flood ravaged Tennessee, as well as at a very special tribute to the search and rescue dogs involved in the recovery efforts after the attacks of 9/11 that will take place on September 8th at the Arts League in New York City. We could not ask for a more fitting national ambassador for our programs.”

Rin Tin Tin will also serve as national ambassador for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards, presented by CESAR Canine Cuisine. Honors will be awarded in eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs, which includes pets.

Nominations will be accepted through May 31, 2011, and voting by the general public will commence on June 1, 2011. Finalists in each category will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. The winner will be announced at the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards celebrity gala, presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Oct. 1, 2011.

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