Have you voted yet for one of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards? I voted for my fave candidates in all seven categories! If you're hearing about the Hero Dog Awards for the first time then get over to their site and start reading the amazing stories of these canines.
These awards are an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things. Dogs compete in seven different categories:
- Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs
- Service Dogs
- Therapy Dogs
- Military Dogs
- Search and Rescue Dogs
- Guide/Hearing Dogs
- Shelter Dogs
Which lucky dogs will move on as semifinalists in round two? Vote in this round to determine the top three dogs in each category. From now until 12:00PM PST on May 2, you can vote for your favorite dog in each of the seven categories each day, for a total of seven votes each day.
Over the past eight years, dog lovers have cast millions of votes for more than 1,000 dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. For thousands of years, dogs have served and protected us. In a statement released by American Humane's president and CEO, Robin Ganzert, we're told,
"Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'American Hero Dog' at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this campaign is our way of saluting our best friends."
The stories will make you cry so grab Kleenex before you start the vote! Check out Tinkie's story. She's in the shelter category.
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2017 American Humane Hero Military Dog K-9 Adak, presented by K-9 Courage from @zoetispetcare, had a lengthy career as an explosives detection dog, serving in three countries and ten states before retiring at age thirteen. Dan Hughes and his family adopted Adak upon retirement, and he enjoyed several wonderful years with Dan's family before crossing the rainbow bridge in 2017. We are proud to honor our nation?s MWD's for their service. Read the 2019 nominees' incredible stories today: herodogawards.org/vote
Check out 2018 winner's story!
Winners are honored at a red carpet awards gala broadcast in a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel.
Key dates for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:
- 1st Round Voting: March 21 - May 2
- 2nd Round Voting: May 23 - July 18
- 3rd Round Voting: Aug. 1 - Sept. 9
- Hero Dog Awards: Oct. 5
Animal lovers everywhere are voting for the 2019 American Hero Dog they think should win! Don't miss the opportunity to narrow down the category winners with this important vote. There will be a top dog for each category so make sure it's your favorite.
Animal rescue organizations need our help and by sharing all these stories we're promoting what dogs are capable of and it's amazing. Some of the past celebrity judges include Miranda Lambert, Carson Kressley, Lisa Vanderpump, Alison Sweeney, James Denton, and Bailee Madison. There is a lot of Hollywood star power behind this!
Chicken Soup for the Soul is a sponsor helping promote these awards.
If you need another resource go to www.americanhumane.org or www.herodogawards.org.
Also, the Hero Vet Awards launched so head over to their site and check out that new 2019 Hero Vet campaign.
Have you voted? Which dogs did you vote for? Please let us know in the below comments!
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