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American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

Recognizing ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® are a nationwide campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash and reaches millions of people each year. Hundreds of nominees compete, and only one dog will be awarded the American Hero Dog title. The seven lucky finalists and their human companions are featured on the nationwide broadcast of the Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark Channel each fall.

News & Updates

Cole the Deaf Dog, the 2022 Therapy Hero Dog

Cole may be deaf, but he is helping people hear his message: a disability is not an inability, it’s a superpower! As a certified therapy dog, Cole works alongside his music teacher dad each day in a New Jersey elementary school, where he teaches students that it’s OK to be different. No one wanted to adopt Cole because he was…
Savannah Young / August 18, 2022

Recon, the 2022 Service Hero Dog

Bobby struggled every day with pain, even from simple tasks that most people don’t even think about. His pain was due to a Traumatic Brain Injury, incurred from many years working as a Bomb Squad Technician. The work took not only a physical toll, but a psychological one as well. He was not the same person everyone remembered, and this…
Savannah Young / August 16, 2022