Thursday, July 12, 2012

Finalists Announced for 2012 Hero Dog Awards

Daniel is one of eight finalists for
the 2012 AHA Hero Dog Awards
Via - In what is clearly shaping up to be the most popular and unifying campaign of 2012, Americans of every political persuasion have come together in unprecedented numbers, casting more than two million votes to select the finalists in the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

From an outstanding field of hundreds of four-legged heroes representing every U.S. state, eight of America's top dogs were chosen as winners in their specialized category, one in each of the following areas: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs, honoring ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things.

These eight super dogs will travel with their guardians to Beverly Hills for a star-studded, red-carpet gala and award ceremony featuring VIP presenter Betty White and other canine-loving celebrities, to be held in the ballroom of the landmark Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, October 6. 

Each finalist will be presented with a Hero Dog award for their feats of loyalty, bravery, and love, and win $5,000 for a selected charity partner. In addition, one finalist will walk away with top honors as the winning American Hero Dog for 2012, securing an additional $10,000 for their charity partner.

The Hero Dog Awards program was created by the American Humane Association to recognize and honor the powerful relationship between dogs and people. The annual national competition searches out and recognizes America's Hero Dogs who unconditionally avail themselves to us in so many important ways, whether it's saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, providing therapeutic support to those suffering from cancer or other terminal illnesses, or helping autistic children find their voice and connect with the world.

And the winners are: 
Gabe – Military Dog Category
Daniel – Emerging Hero Category
Tabitha II – Guide Dog Category
Jynx – Law Enforncement/Arson Dog Category
Tatiana  Hearing Dog Category 
Soot – Search and Rescue Dog Category
Holly – Service Dog Category
Stella – Therapy Dog Category

The final phase of this exciting journey to select the winning 2012 American Hero Dog has now begun with voting by the public (cast your ballot at and an all-star panel of judges will help choose the Grand Prize Winner from among the finalists. The judging period will continue until midnight on October 5.

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1 comment:

  1. It's good to know that, through online voting systems such as this, ordinary people with the same interests, like dog lovers, get the chance to have their advocacy heard, with just the click of a mouse. Besides, with over two million votes cast to choose the finalists, I’m pretty sure that a lot of people got the chance to learn more about these amazing dogs and what they have done.