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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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Nominations are Open for the 2022 Hero Dog Awards!

It’s officially that time of year…. Nominations for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards are now open! This exciting and heartwarming nationwide contest, now in its 12th year, searches for the best of our best friends and honors them at a gala in Palm Beach, Florida. This special awards program salutes the incredible human-animal bond. Dog lovers across the…
Savannah Young / January 14, 2022

And the 2021 American Hero Dog Is…

On the evening of Friday, November 12, a constellation of human and animal stars assembled for the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® gala at the glamorous Eau Palm Beach Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, to celebrate our nation’s most courageous canines. Vivica A. Fox, Lisa Loeb and Dr. Robin Ganzert (Jamie Phillips/CAPEHART) Carson Kressley (Jamie Phillips/CAPEHART)      …
Savannah Young / November 19, 2021