ASPCA Seeks Dog and Human Heroes

The humane organization wants to know about exceptional dogs and people.

Posted: July 16, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Do you know a heroic dog or person? If so, the ASPCA wants to hear about them.

The ASPCA is inviting the public to nominate extraordinary pets and people for its annual Humane Awards.

Nominees will include people who work on behalf of animal welfare, as well as dogs who have performed heroic acts in the U.S. during the past year.

Winners will attend the Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.

“The Humane Awards Luncheon is our way of recognizing the important role animals play in our lives, the significance of the human-animal bond and the people who make animal welfare a central part of their lives,” says ASPCA president and chief executive officer Ed Sayres.

Categories open for nominations include Dog of the Year, for a dog who has performed a heroic act in the past year; Kid of the Year, for a child under 14 who has rescued an animal or helps to make the world a better place for animals; and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, for a member of the municipal police force or other public service officer who has made a heroic effort to save an animal in the past year.

Submit nominations at the ASPCA's Website, www.aspca.org/nominate. Include the nominee’s name, street address, email address, telephone number, the nomination category and a statement of 75 words or less about why the person or dog deserves the award.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007.

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