Also known as the “Dog Oscars,” the The American Humane Association’s fourth annual Hero Dog Awards is a black-tie affair open to the public with the purchase of a seat. Hosted by Beth Stern and Terry Bradshaw, this national competition that recognizes those four-legged friends and their heroic actions with their handlers, takes place on Saturday, September 27th at The Beverly Hilton.
A Hero Dog aims himself or herself towards others well-being; whether on the battlefield, leading the blind, or providing therapeutic support, and eight of those exemplary pooches from all over the country are nominated in one of eight categories (Emerging Hero Dog, Guide Dog, Hearing Dog, Law Enforcement/Arson Dog, Military Dog, Search and Rescue Dog, Service Dog, and Therapy Dog.) Semi-finalists chosen by the American public via online voting; eight finalists are chosen by the public and a panel of judges.
The public is asked to vote one more time to crown the American Top Hero Dog and the winner is announced at the Hero Dog Awards ceremony where each finalist receives award for their feats of loyalty, bravery, and love, and win $1,500 for a selected charity partner. (Here they are on last week’s Today Show and here’s a previously honored dog – I can never watch these without crying!)
The American Top Hero Dog will walk away with top honors, securing an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.
For more information and ticket sales please click here. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Shuck, Actress Betty White and The 2012 American Hero Dog Gabe. Photo by Michael Rueter/Capture Imaging.