First American War Dog Hero RIN TIN TIN Named National Ambassador for American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™

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First American War Dog Hero RIN TIN TIN Named National Ambassador for American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™

Hollywood, California -- As the contributions of military working dogs are being recognized around the globe, American Humane Association proudly announced today that RIN TIN TIN, possibly the most recognized dog in the world, has become its first national spokesdog.  RIN TIN TIN will serve as a national ambassador for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine.  Nominations for the Hero Dog Awards are now open at www.herodogawards.org .

RIN TIN TIN was rescued as a pup from a battlefield in 1918 France during World War I.  He was brought to the United States after the war and a training program  led by his son, RIN TIN TIN III, served as the model to help create the US Military Working Dog training program at Camp Hahn in California during 1939.  “The long and accomplished history of the RIN TIN TIN line dogs serving as war heroes, animal actors in films and television and even as a search and recovery dog at the Pentagon after the attacks of 9/11, continues today as the current RIN TIN TIN is a member of the elite search dog recovery unit in Arkansas,” according to Daphne Hereford, President of RIN TIN TIN, INCORPORATED.  “We’re proud to join with American Humane Association in recognition of the powerful relationship between dogs and people as celebrated by the Hero Dog Awards.”

“We are thrilled to have quite possibly the most famous dog in the world, RIN TIN TIN, join American Humane Association as our national spokesdog,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Humane Association.  “RIN TIN TIN will act as a representative for American Humane Association’s Red Star Emergency Response unit, currently deployed to rescue animals in flood ravaged Tennessee, at a very special tribute to the search and rescue dogs involved in the recovery efforts after the attacks of 9/11 that will take place on September 8th at the Arts League in New York City.  We could not ask for a more fitting national ambassador for our programs.”
American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ are seeking dogs to be nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs, which includes pets. Nominations close on May 31, 2011, and voting by the general public will begin on June 1, 2011. Finalists in each category will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. The winner will be announced at the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards celebrity gala, presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Oct. 1, 2011.

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 www.americanhumane.org today.

About CESAR® Canine Cuisine
CESAR® Canine Cuisine is an exceptional line of high-quality cuisine and treats for small- to medium-sized dogs. We offer individually prepared entrees available in two textures, original pate and gourmet filets in sauce. From the filet mignon flavor to CESAR SUNRISE breakfast entrees, CESAR® CANINE CUISINE features a variety of irresistible flavors and caters to the taste of small- to medium-sized dogs. Visit www.cesar.com to learn more.

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