Dog owners are invited to nominate heroic hounds for American Humane Hero Dog Awards

American Humane Hero Dog Award Announcement
Know a courageous canine? Nominate your heroic hound for recognition in the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards!
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American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced the official start of the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® campaign, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation.

The annual campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash and will culminate this fall with the premiere of the “American Humane Hero Dog Awards” on Hallmark Channel.

The two-hour special, now in its 10th year, is broadcast in conjunction with the network’s pet adoption advocacy initiative, Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After.

Dog owners across the country are invited to visit and nominate their heroic hound in one of seven categories.

The top dog in each category will travel to Los Angeles and be celebrated at the Sept. 26 star-studded, red-carpet awards gala at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.

The seven categories for 2020 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, Military Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Shelter Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide/Hearing Dogs.

Following the nominations period, which ends on March 10, 21 semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by the public. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity judge voting, will narrow the field to seven category finalists who will then vie, through a final public voting round, for the title of 2020 American Hero Dog.

“Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘American Hero Dog’ at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards,” said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., American Humane’s president and CEO. “Dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this campaign is our way of saluting our best friends.”

Key dates for the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:


Jan. 21 – March 10

1st Round Voting:

March 26 – May 7

2nd Round Voting:

May 28 – July 16

3rd Round Voting:

July 30 – September 10

Hero Dog Awards gala:

September 26

All rounds open and close at 12 p.m. Pacific Time.

More information about the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, can be obtained by visiting

For more information about the 2020 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, please visit




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