The Hero Dog Awards are coming to Hallmark Channel this fall. Pets make wonderful companions and sometimes they go far beyond being just a four legged friend. They save lives, raise alarms, find the lost, and more.
The Hero Dog Awards were created by the American Humane Association to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people. The annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or just welcoming you home at the end of a hard day.
For the 2013 awards, hundreds of dogs were nominated in these categories: Guide Dogs, Search & Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Military Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs. Click on the categories to learn more about the nominees.
Many of the finalists or nominees are rescued companions. Maybe they are repaying the love from a human by giving back in canine appreciation. Maybe they are built-in rescuers, or were just in the right place at the right time. Some are trained by the military or law enforcement to do jobs humans alone can’t, like locate through scent, listen, comfort or help heal.
You can even buy tickets for the award presentation in Los Angeles on October 5.
Whatever your favorite dog hero is, you can follow along with the stories of these amazing canines this fall. Click on the Hero Dog Awards page to learn more, vote for your choice, read a message by long time animal rights advocate Betty White about the American Humane Association’s work, find out more about adopting a dog, or find out show times.
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