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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 recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash. Seven lucky finalists and their human companions will travel to Hollywood for the star-studded awards gala, which will be broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel. Seven courageous canines will be featured, and only one dog will be awarded the American Hero Dog title.

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