Meet The Pups Of The Hero Dog Awards

You Will Fall In Love With These Brave Dogs

By Catalina Barrios


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Dogs are one of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. They lighten up our lives and make us start our days with a smile. Our furry friends know us very well; they know when we are happy, when we are sad and when we are ready to go out and have fun with them.

We see people receiving awards for helping others, for being heroes, but how many times have you seen dogs receive awards for being heroes?


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For the past seven years the Hero Dog Awards have been presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation where our four legged friends are honored for saving lives, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or just being themselves. Afterall, there’s nothing like coming home after a stressful and long day and being happily greeted by your dog.

Dogs can be nominated in the following seven categories: Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs who do extraordinary things).


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Dog lovers vote for their favorite dog in each of the above categories by going to The winner of each category will receive $2,500 USD for their designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000 USD.

After voting, winners in each category are flown to Hollywood with their owners to attend the American Humane Hero Dog Awards Gala in Los Angeles. They get to walk the red carpet and are recognized in video tributes. How adorable!


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So let’s meet some of this year’s finalists! Find out who won the overall title below.

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