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21 Heroic Dogs Competing for America’s Highest Canine Honor

For thousands of years, dogs have given us their protection, companionship and unconditional love. But now, it’s your turn to return the favor by choosing the seven finalists in this year’s Hero Dog Awards!

More than 400,000 votes from animal lovers across the country have decided the top 21 semifinalists from a pool of nearly 400 candidates competing in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®! All animal lovers are encouraged to visit between now and July 22 to vote once per day for their favorite contender in each of the seven Hero Dog categories. Those who get the most votes will be named this year’s category winners!

The 21 semifinalists are heroes who exemplify courage through their brave stories. Some of these incredible dogs enhance the lives of people in need, while others are our protectors and others are survivors who overcame the longest of odds. The 2022 Hero Dog Awards categories include: Law Enforcement and Detection Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Guide/Hearing Dogs; and Shelter Dogs.

“The Hero Dog Awards shines a bright light on man’s best friend and celebrates the strength, hope and beauty that dogs bring to our lives,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane.

The seven category winners, selected to be this year’s “Hero Dogs of the Year” will be honored at the star-studded American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala in Palm Beach on November 11, and one special canine will be recognized as this year’s American Hero Dog.

Don’t wait! Cast your ballot today and every day for the heroic hounds who have captured your heart and made a significant impact to improve lives.


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