The pet lovers of America have spoken: some 300,000 votes were cast during the first round of the American Humane Association’s Fifth Annual Hero Dog Awards, and from 173 incredible canines, 24 have been selected to progress to the semifinals. Now is your chance to decide which of those pups most deserves to be in the final, and you are invited to vote for your favorite in any of the eight designated categories.
Recognizing the bravery and commitment of each nominated dog and their handlers, the Hero Dog Awards will come to a star-studded close in Hollywood on September 10th, as the eight finalists come together at a special gala hosted in their honor.
The top dog named in each category will be awarded a prize of $2,500 for their designated charity partner, while the overall winner will be gifted a further $5,000 for their aid organization. The eight categories are: Arson Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, Law Enforcement Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Service Dogs, and Therapy Dogs.
American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robert Ganzert said of the awards: “The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were created to spotlight the invaluable accomplishments of not only our best friends, but of the heroic handlers. This unique awards show celebrates the unbreakable human-animal bond, which has been a core part of our organization's mission since 1877. This year we are also celebrating 100 years of rescuing animals from disaster and cruelty situations, and we commend the many heroes out there who work on the front lines to save animals in need, including many of these 24 semifinalists who were given second chances at life.”
You can find out more about each of the incredible semifinalists, and register your vote, by visiting herodogawards.org. Voting will remain open until June 22nd.