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Ethan, the 2022 Shelter Hero Dog

Ethan was dumped in a parking lot on a cold January day in 2021. He was actively dying. He only weighed 38 pounds, when he should have weighed over 80 pounds. He was rushed to vet care. He 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. His incredible will to live inspired thousands of people around the world that had begun 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 through his story. His journey has inspired people to send letters detailing how Ethan’s battle to keep living encouraged them to overcome incredible odds in their own lives. Jeff takes Ethan everywhere he goes, and Ethan instantly puts a smile on people’s faces as soon as they see him.

In addition to helping other animals and people, Ethan rescues Jeff every day. Ethan has changed Jeff’s perspective on the world and changed his life for the better.

Ethan is the 2022 Shelter Hero Dog in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards®! You can vote for Ethan to be named the 2022 American Hero Dog at www.HeroDogAwards.org! Show your support for Ethan on social media using #HeroDogAwards.

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