UPDATE: The 2013 Hero Dog Award Winner is Elle, a 5-year-old pit bull!
See details on Elle and the other finalists here.
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ were created in 2010 to celebrate the remarkable bond between dogs and people. This annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs in our midst who save lives, provide comfort, and help those needing assistance.
Heroic hounds can be nominated in one of eight categories:
- Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs
- Service Dogs
- Therapy Dogs
- Military Dogs
- Guide Dogs
- Search and Rescue Dogs
- Hearing Dogs
- Emerging Hero Dogs (for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things or are just heroes to us)
Finalists in each category will be selected by the American public via online voting, Voting begins for the Hero Dog Awards May 7th 2013, at www.HeroDogAwards.org Last year 3 million votes were cast for the 100s of nominated dogs. 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.
The Hero Dog Awards ceremony will take place at the star studded Red Carpet event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills October 5th 2013. Tony and Emmy winner, Kristin Chenoweth, was last years host, and the brightest stars, including icon, Betty White, turned out to shine the spotlight on the K9 Heroes.
New This Year, the 2013 Hero Dog awards have an official Spokesdog – two-time shelter dog, Super Smiley. In addition to being a Therapy Dog with Pet Partners and a HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response Dog, Super Smiley is on a mission to help all the shelter pets get adopted!
Smiley has inspired The Super Smiley™ Flash Mob 4 Pet Adoption National Tour as his answer to the sad TV commercials for pet adoption. It’s the Happy Campaign! The Super Smiley Flash Mob has inspired Award Winning “Dogumentaries” that have been winning Film Festivals sharing his message across the country. Over 50 Flash Mobs have energized pet adoption including the recent
“A Second Chance” Pet Adoption and St. Patty’s Day Pet Pageant & Fair in Long Beach, California.
Smiley’s person is Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach™, from Animal Attractions TV, Pet Life Radio, and The O’Neals on the OWN network. She and Smiley work together promoting pet adoption and keeping pets in their forever homes with The Pet Lifestyle Coach philosophy and the Super Smiley Campaigns. They recently both acted in an animal advocacy feature film, Susie’s Hope and are an official Spokes-team for the film’s message of hope and forgiveness and standing against animal abuse.
Read about the 2012 Hero Dog Awards and/or watch the star-studded video below.
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