On Dec. 19, 2013, Katy Lim, who represents GOOD, shared about nominees and the winner of the Purina Hero Pet Contest. Lim announced to Examiner.com that there have been a variety of wonderful pets who qualified, and that the "Hero Pet" winner is a black Labrador named Wally!
"Wally brings his calm demeanor to the Children's Hospital in St. Louis as well as to a local special education high school class. The GOOD community voted Wally as the most heroic of 15 very deserving furry finalists. With his win, a $5k donation is being made in Wally's name to Support Dogs, a pet service non-profit that Wally graduated from." - Katy Lim
The competition asked pet owners to submit a photo or video plus a short and true story about how their pet has changed someone's life.
Voting deadline for the ultimate hero pet was Dec. 9, 2013. Lim said Wally was not the only nominee.
"Other nominees included an Army-enlisted German Shephard, a K-9 First Responder in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, and a Lab that literally saved her diabetic owner's life are among the 15 furry finalists for Purina ONE and GOOD's "Hero Pets to the Rescue" Photo Challenge."
Every pet lover knows what an impact their furry friend has on human lives.
Enjoy video clip of another hero pet, one who saved his family's life. This dog was not a part of the competition, but deserves recognition just the same.