Search for America's Top Dog

Search for America's Top Dog

Service Dogs 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

The Film & Television Unit of American Humane Association 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 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

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