It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for… After nearly a year, hundreds of nominations and more than one million votes, a constellation of animal lovers and animal stars from across the nation convened for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® gala in Palm Beach on Friday where we revealed the 2022 American Hero Dog… Ethan! Ethan, winner of the Shelter Dogs category sponsored by Lulu’s Fund, has inspired people around the world through his story.
Ethan was found in a parking lot on a cold January day in 2021 and rushed to critical veterinary care. He was extremely emaciated, couldn’t lift his head to eat or drink on his own, and he didn’t take his first steps for six days. However, he never stopped fighting to stay alive. He had an unimaginable determination to keep persevering through seemingly insurmountable odds, and thousands of people began to follow his story.
Because of his fortitude, Ethan did recover, and he was lucky enough to quickly find his own forever home as well. Jeff first met Ethan the day he was found. While taking care of Ethan, the two formed a deep bond and Jeff instantly made it official by adopting him. Over the past year, Ethan has brought attention and recognition to shelters and animals all over the country. His journey inspires people to overcome incredible challenges in their own lives.
Ethan and the other category winners will be featured in the Hero Dog Awards broadcast, airing on Circle Network on December 6 at 9 p.m. ET! The show, hosted by Emmy-winning television star Carson Kressley will be sure to delight and inspire dog lovers across the country.
This year’s remarkable Hero Dogs are each unique in their own way, but what is universal is the love and joy that they bring to the lives of those around them. We all need more light and love in our lives, and that is what the Hero Dog Awards is all about. We hope everyone who watches this year’s show comes away with a renewed sense of hope and belief in the power of the human-animal bond. We are all better together. Be sure to visit American Humane’s YouTube channel to learn more about each of the 2022 Hero Dogs! And follow the Hero Dog Awards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates.