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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

Hero Dog Alice Highlights Strength of Human-Animal Bond

After a yearlong search, over a million votes from the American public and input from a panel of celebrity judges, Alice, a five-year-old German Shepherd, has been named the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog. The story of Alice and her handler Antonio highlights the lifesaving, healing power of the bond between animals and people. In 2015, Antonio was living a…
October 24, 2019

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