American Humane Hero Dog Awards® Nominations Now Open!

American Humane Hero Dog Awards® Nominations Now Open!

Today, American Humane—the country’s first national animal welfare organization—is officially kicking off the 14th Annual Hero Dog Awards. The nationwide competition searches for and recognizes America’s standout dogs. Winners are often ordinary four-legged companions that do extraordinary things—including saving lives on the battlefield, aiding their human best friend with sight or hearing, and overall contributing to the wellbeing of people. 


“Through the Hero Dog Awards, we honor and celebrate the immense hope, courage, and quality of life that dogs bring to our lives,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We look forward to sharing inspiring stories of these canines with the voting public so we can give our hero dogs the recognition they truly deserve.”


People across the United States can nominate their four-legged champions starting today at


This year’s five categories include:

Law Enforcement and First Responder Dogs

Service and Guide/Hearing Dogs

Therapy Dogs

Military Dogs

Emerging Hero and Shelter Dogs


Nominations are open now through August 1, 2024.

Every year, American Humane’s Hero Dog Awards honor the exceptional working dogs from around the country. After votes are cast, Hero Dogs concludes with a star-studded gala awards show that will air on national television. Celebrities who have participated in the past include Carson Kressley, Christie Brinkley, Kristen Chenoweth, among many others.


American Humane thanks its sponsors, including PetsBest and Lulu’s Fund. Without them, the 14th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards would not be possible. For more information about the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, visit For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email  


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About American Humane

American Humane is the United States’ first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, helping to verify the humane treatment of more than one billion animals across the globe each year. Founded in 1877, American Humane has been First to Serve™ the cause of animals and for over 145 years has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement. For more information, visit, and follow on FacebookXInstagram, and YouTube.