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The American Humane Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage Awards

American Humane is committed to recognizing and celebrating the lifesaving contributions of the brave dogs who support our armed forces on the battlefield. The inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage, bestowed at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill with Congress and top military leaders, honors retired military dogs who demonstrated exceptional valor in serving our country.

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News & Updates

Honoring Five Heroic Military K-9s

Last week, American Humane proudly recognized the heroism of five veterans in our nation’s capital. The honorees accepted their medals with a sniff, a pant, and a wag of their tails. That’s right – the five veterans were retired military working dogs, and they were honored with the American Humane Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage, the nation’s highest honor…
June 1, 2018

Five U.S. Military Dogs Receive Nation’s Top Honors for Valor at American Humane’s 2017 Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage Awards

A fearless Black Lab who uncovered IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq; a pound puppy who became a Specialized Search Dog and saved countless lives during his 210 combat missions; a Chocolate Lab who protected our troops and survived deadly ambushes by the Taliban; a four-footed warrior who was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and safeguarded 26,000 U.S. servicemembers; and a brave…
October 12, 2017