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Humane Hollywood

American Humane Association works in association with the American film and TV industry to ensure the well-being of animal actors and promote the human-animal bond. They are on the set to protect animal actors.

American Humane Associations also celebrates the achievements of extraordinary dogs across the country with its annual American Humane Association Hero Dog AwardsTM. In addition, the organization enlists and works with many celebrities who speak on behalf of the voiceless that American Humane Association aims to protect.

For more information on our acclaimed Film and TV Unit, please visit their website at

Our Impact

  • We directly safeguard thousands of animal actors each year.
  • We shine an international spotlight on the everyday importance of animals in our lives.
  • We leverage relationships with society's most visible personalities to create new programs that help children and animals, and expand understanding of the human-animal bond.

Our Programs

No Animals Were Harmed® Certification Program

American Humane Association monitors animals in filmed media and holds the exclusive right to award its “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit certification to productions that meet its rigorous standard of care for animal actors. American Humane Association works with production personnel and trainers in the pre-production planning stage, monitors the animals on set during production, and enforces American Humane Association’s Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media. It also investigates allegations of mistreatment and cruelty and sanctions productions that do not meet its standards of humane animal treatment. American Humane Association currently monitors 70 percent of known animal action in film and television productions. This amounts to approximately 2,000 productions annually, where Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ combine animal welfare and behavioral expertise to care for animal actors and protect their interests.  

American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards™

American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards were created to advance society’s understanding of the powerful relationship between dogs and people.  Each year they conduct a nationwide search to find hero dogs 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. For the inaugural event in November, 2011, eight finalists walked the red carpet and took center stage at a star-studded black tie gala at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California to accept their category “Hero Dog” award. Selected by popular vote and a celebrity judging panel, one dog is named the overall winning “American Hero Dog.”  The first American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were captured in a live-to-tape production by Emmy® Award winning MRB Productions and aired on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.  The annual event is a unique celebration of heroes at both ends of the leash, dogs and the people who love them.  You can learn more about “Ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things” at

Celebrity Supporters

Working with American Humane Association, many celebrities offer their voices and high-profile statuses to champion the causes of the voiceless. American Humane Association has a team of National Ambassadors, celebrity judges, and supporters that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Betty White, Victoria Stilwell, Candy Spelling, Megyn Price, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, top chef Fabio Viviani, Orlando Brown, Stacie Turner, the band Stealing Angels, Steve Dale, Tinsley Mortimer, and National Spokesdogs Rin Tin Tin and Princess Zelda. Actress Pippa Black and CBS Correspondent Debbye Turner Bell have also supported American Humane Association.