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Meet America’s Hero Dog Finalists of 2022!

After almost a million votes from animal lovers across the country, seven heroic hounds have been named Hero Dog finalists of the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®! Who will be crowned the American Hero Dog of the year? The choice is yours!

The seven finalists are true heroes who demonstrate courage through their brave stories. While some of these extraordinary dogs enhance the lives of people in need, others protect and serve their country and local communities.

Nearly 400 pups were in the running to be chosen as America’s top dog, but only one will take home the title. American Humane encourages the public to vote for their favorite Hero Dog now through September 13 at 3 p.m. ET.

Categories for voting include: Law Enforcement and Detection Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Guide/Hearing Dogsand Shelter Dogs.

Meet America’s Hero Dog finalists:

K9 Riggs – 2022 Law Enforcement and Detection Hero Dog
Recon – 2022 Service Hero Dog
Cole the Deaf Dog – 2022 Therapy Hero Dog
Iiken M090 – 2022 Military Hero Dog
Keb – 2022 Search and Rescue Hero Dog
Kinley – 2022 Guide/Hearing Hero Dog
Ethan – 2022 Shelter Hero Dog

All Hero Dog finalists will make their way to Palm Beach, Florida to be celebrated at the star-studded American Humane Hero Dog Awards® gala on November 11.

But don’t forget! Behind every beloved pet is a great veterinarian or veterinary nurse who dedicates their lives to helping our animal friends. These individuals are celebrated through the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis. The winning veterinarian and veterinary nurse will also be announced at the Hero Dog Awards gala and the public is encouraged to vote daily at

Show your support for your favorite Hero Dog, Hero Vet and Hero Vet Nurse on social media using #HeroDogAwards and #HeroVetAwards!

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