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American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

Recognizing ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs. Hundreds of nominees compete, but only one is awarded the coveted American Hero Dog title. The seven category winners and their humane companions are celebrated at the star-studded American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala.

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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,…
Savannah Young / September 1, 2022

Kinley, the 2022 Guide/Hearing Hero Dog

Things couldn’t have been better for Chloe. She was 21, had a part-time job, her first apartment and was starting to break out of her shell and make friends. She had also applied to finally receive her first guide dog, a dream she’d had since meeting one at nine-years-old. Then everything came crashing down around her. Chloe was sexually assaulted…
Savannah Young / August 30, 2022