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Nation's Governors Honor America's Hero Dogs

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29 States Proclaim “American Humane Association Hero Dog Day”

WASHINGTON, October 5 – This country is really going to the dogs. And that’s a good thing. The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by Cesar® Canine Cuisine, were just launched in a star-studded gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles to honor and celebrate the daring deeds of dogs everywhere.  But they aren’t the only ones paying tribute to these capable canines. Earlier this summer the President and CEO of American Humane Association invited all 50 governors to recognize these magnificent animals by issuing proclamations declaring October 1, 2011 as American Humane Association Hero Dog Day in their respective states.

            As of today 29 governors have made such proclamations, and though October 1 is past, more keep coming in each day.

            “Hero Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “I’m proud to know that so many of our nation’s governors recognize the important work thousands of dogs in each state do every day to keep millions of Americans safe, healthy and happy. Though we can never lose sight of this heroism that comes on four legs, October 1 was a day to go to the dogs, literally.”

            The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards effort involved a nationwide search over the course of six months, hundreds of dogs from all 50 states were nominated and some 400,000 votes were cast by the American public, culminating in the selection of eight extraordinary canine finalists in the categories of Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). On Saturday, October 1 all were honored in a spectacular awards gala that was reported by media coast to coast, and one top American Hero Dog for 2011 was announced: Roselle, the guide dog who led her blind master safely down 78 flights of stairs following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were produced by Emmy Award-winning MRB Productions, and will be broadcast nationwide by Hallmark Channel on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011. The public can read all the stories at

            Here is the list of enlightened states that have already proclaimed American Humane Association Hero Dog Day. Check to see if your state is on the list and if it isn’t, maybe you should ask why not!


Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell

Arizona, Governor Janice Brewer

Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper

Connecticut, Governor Dan Malloy

Hawaii, Governor Neil Abercrombie

Idaho, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter

Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn

Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels

Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback

Maine, Governor Paul LePage

Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley

Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder

Mississippi, Governor Haley Barbour

Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon

Montana, Governor Brian Schweitzer

Nebraska, Governor David Heineman

Nevada, Governor Brian Sandoval

New Hampshire, Governor John Lynch

New Mexico, Governor Susana Martinez

North Carolina, Governor Bev Perdue

Ohio, Governor John Kasich

Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin

Oregon, Governor John Kitzhaber

Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam

Utah, Governor Gary R. Herbert

Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell

Washington, Governor Christine O. Gregoire

West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker


About American Humane Association
Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

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