American Hero Dog Awards - Mans Best Friend Receives Prestigious Award

Bailee Madison Receives a Sweet Kiss At The Event! PHOTO CREDIT : Michael Reuter

Dogs really are 'man's best friend'! The American Humane Association recently held its 'Hero Dog Awards' at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The star-studded awards recognized our favorite 'pet' and the extraordinary talents and traits they possess. 

Hosted by television and movie star Joey Lawrence, the evening consisted of other stars and presenters such as: Betty White, Jennifer Coolidge, Esai Morales, Ryan O’Neal, Naomi Judd, Pauley Perrette, Lisa Vanderpump, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Bailee Madison, Rico Rodriguez, Brian Baumgartner, Megan Blake, Max Carver, Torrey DeVitto, Matt Leinart, Lauren Potter, Eric Christian Olsen, Ben Savage, Austin Stowell, Chef Michael Voltaggio, Danielle Fishell, Lori Loughlin, Daphne Zuniga, Victoria Stillwell and many more. 


Betty White Shows Some Lovin' At The Awards! PHOTO CREDIT : Michael Reuter

“The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the most extraordinary heroes the world has ever known, the very best of our ‘best friends’ – ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “These courageous canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill, aged and afflicted, bringing hope to those who have lost it and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people. Choosing a top dog is difficult because they are all so terrific, but we are proud to announce Elle as the top American Hero Dog for 2013. As an organization that for years has fought breed-specific legislation (BSL), we are also pleased to honor a breed that has been often been unjustly maligned. We hope that Elle’s story will help to underscore the many tremendously positive qualities of this breed.”

Elle, a pit bull from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, put all stereotypes aside and took home the title 'American Hero Dog'. Elle goes above and beyond the 'call of duty' by saving lives and teaching children and adults alike about dog safety, overcoming prejudice and safety. Winners of other categories include: SD Bronx (Service Dog Category), John D (Search and Rescue Category), CWD Carlos EDD (Military Dog Category), K9 Lakota (Law Enforcement/Arson Dog Category), Lola (Hearing Dog Category), Jingles (Guide Dog Category), and Cassidy (Emerging Hero Dogs Category).

Unbreakable Bond! PHOTO CREDIT : Michael Reuter

It was a great evening and the perfect way to recognize why these animals are truly spectacular. Touching the lives of many, mans best friend, continues to bridge the gap between humane's and humans! 

The American Humane Association Hero Dog AwardsTM

The Hero Dog Awards competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs. Ordinary dogs who happen to do extraordinary things in which will set them apart them from others. The awards have eight categories such as: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs).


About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. The organization strives to end abuse, animal cruelty, and neglect and also learn and about the importance of the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine, and society. 

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