|April 5, 2011 | Search for America's Top Dog|
Is your dog a hero? Canine Companions for Independence is
looking for America’s top dogs to participate in American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ contest at www.herodogawards.org.
The Film & Television Unit of American
is heading up the search for America’s Hero Dogs. Dogs may be nominated in
eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs;
Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging
Hero Dogs. Finalists in each category will be selected by the public from the
pool of contestants, and the winners will be announced at the first-ever
American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ celebrity gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 1, 2011.
The Hero Dog Awards recognize the
powerful relationship between dogs and people and celebrate the many benefits
of animals and people sharing their lives. Canine Companions and the American Humane
Association recognize the important role dogs play in our lives, strengthening
the human-animal bond. According to Jeanine Konopelski, Director of Marketing for Canine Companions for Independence, “Canine Companions values the human animal bond and the important work assistance dogs do for people with disabilities. We are thrilled to be one of the seventeen nonprofit organizations partnering
with American Humane Association to support the dogs we love and the people who
interact with them on a daily basis,” Jeanine continued.
Launching today, it is free to
nominate a dog in one of the eight categories at www.herodogawards.org. Nominations close on May 31,
2011, and voting by the general public will begin on June 1, 2011. Finalists in
each category will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities
and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. All of the finalists
will be flown to Hollywood, where they will walk the red carpet and be
recognized in a moving video tribute at the black-tie awards show on Oct. 1,
2011, when the winning American Hero Dog will be announced. Canine Companions for Independence has a
chance to receive a share of $50,000 in grant prizes awarded by the Hero Dog
Awards to support the work of the organization.
Complete rules and entry
information can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org.