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American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

Recognizing ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® are a nationwide campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash and reaches millions of people each year. Hundreds of nominees compete, and only one dog will be awarded the American Hero Dog title. The seven lucky finalists and their human companions are featured on the nationwide broadcast of the Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark Channel each fall.

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One Week Left to Vote in First Round of Hero Dog Awards

A deadline is quickly approaching for dog lovers everywhere! Voting in the first round of the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is open for just one more week. More than 400 dogs from 48 states were nominated this year for a shot at the title of America’s top dog. The Hero Dog Awards, now celebrating its 11th year, is…
Hayden Frye / April 29, 2021

Voting is Now Open for the 2021 Hero Dog Awards!

Voting is officially open for the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, brought to you by Platinum Presenting Sponsor the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation! 411 incredible nominees are in the running for the title of 2021 American Hero Dog – the highest honor in all the canine world! Each pup has their own extraordinary story and while every dog is…
Savannah Young / March 26, 2021