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American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

Recognizing ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® are an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply providing the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day. Dogs compete in seven different categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs who do extraordinary things). The Hero Dog Awards celebrate the powerful, age-old bond between dogs and people – and give recognition to courageous acts of heroism performed by our four-legged best friends.

News & Updates

Must-See TV: Tune in October 25 to Catch America’s Top Dog

For animal lovers, it’s television’s biggest night of the year….and it’s coming soon. Based on nearly a million votes by the American public and the opinions of a panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, one courageous canine is chosen each year as the best of our best friends at – where else? – the American Humane Hero Dog…
September 26, 2017

Meet 2016 Guide/Hearing Dog “Hook”!

For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us, and given us their unconditional love. Now, once again, thanks to a national effort capturing the hearts and minds of millions of dog-loving Americans, it’s time to recognize the remarkable ways our best friends improve – and even save – our lives. On October 28 at 8 pm ET/7C, Hallmark…
October 26, 2016