Nation's bravest four-legged heroes to be honored by national humanitarian organization
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For thousands of years, dogs have comforted us, protected us, and given us their unconditional love. Now it's time to repay the favor and help a worthy cause at the same time. To do this, the nation's oldest humanitarian organization today opened nominations for the third annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. Nominations may be made online at www.herodogawards.org or by mail until April 30.
This wildly popular and fast-growing national effort 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 children suffering from cancer or other illnesses, or just greeting us with a wagging tail at the end of a hard day. Heroic hounds may be nominated by anyone at least 18 years of age in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things or are just heroes to us). Finalists in each category will be selected by the American public via online voting, and following the announcement of the eight finalists, the public and a special blue-ribbon celebrity judging panel will have the chance to name the top American Hero Dog of 2013. Every finalist will be presented with a Hero Dog award for their feats of loyalty, bravery, and love, and win $1,500 for a selected charity partner. In addition, one finalist will walk away with top honors as the winning American Hero Dog for 2013, securing an additional $5,000 for their charity partner. The total approximate retail value of all prizes is $57,000 but the recognition is priceless.
Last year, hundreds of dogs were nominated from all 50 states and more than 3 million votes were cast by the American public. News coverage reached more than 1 billion people around the planet and the effort has gained the support and involvement of the nation's leading celebrities, dog experts, and dog lovers, including Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Victoria Stilwell, Kristin Chenoweth, singer Jewel, Peter Fonda, writer Susan Orlean, Megyn Price, country star Miranda Lambert, and many, many more.
The 2013 American Hero Dog will join such illustrious past winners as Gabe in 2012, who saved our soldiers' lives in the desert sands of Iraq by sniffing out caches of potentially deadly weapons, and Roselle in 2011, who during the 9/11 terror attacks bravely and calmly led her blind owner, Michael Hingson, down 1,463 stairs in the World Trade Center.
"For far too long, the brave work of our hero dogs has gone unnoticed," said. Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "I'm happy to say that because of the Hero Dog Awards, the public is paying more attention than ever before to the invaluable work done by millions of dogs every day to keep us healthy, safe, and, yes, happy. I encourage all Americans who enjoy the love and benefits of this unique human-animal bond to nominate their own personal four-legged hero."
Public voting for the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards will begin on May 7 with the eight finalists to be named later in the summer. Complete rules and entry information can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org.
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. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
NO PURCHASE OR DONATION IS REQUIRED AND PURCHASE OR DONATION WILL NOT INCREASE THE ODDS OF WINNING. Entrants must be 18 or over and must reside in one of the 50 states of the United States or Washington DC. Sponsored by American Humane Association, which can be contacted at 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 360, Washington DC 20036. Void where prohibited. Contest begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on March 1, 2013 and ends at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on September 26, 2013. Odds of winning a prize will be determined by the number of valid entries received during the nomination period (between 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on March 1, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on April 30, 2013), public votes and decisions of judges. Official Rules are located at http://www.herodogawards.org/rules. Entries may be made either online at http://www.herodogawards.org/ or by mail postmarked on or before April 30, 2013 and received by American Humane Association no later than May 4, 2013 (entry form for mailed entries may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped #10 business envelope to: American Humane Association, 2013 Hero Dog Awards Contest Entry Form Request, 11530 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604). Winners in each of eight (8) categories will be determined by the highest number of valid online public votes at http://www.herodogawards.org/ between 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on May 7, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on July 30, 2013. A grand prize winner will be determined, from among the eight (8) category winners by a combination of valid online public votes at http://www.herodogawards.org/ between 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on August 6, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on September 26, 2013 (49%) and voting of a panel of judges selected by American Humane Association (51%) on criteria set forth in the Official Rules. Each of the eight (8) category winners will receive travel and 2 nights lodging to participate in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ event and $1,500 will be awarded to his/her designated charity partner (total ARV $6,500 each prize), and an additional $5,000 will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner's designated charity partner (ARV $5,000). Total ARV of all prizes is $57,000.
SOURCE American Humane Association