Nominate a Heroic Dog for a Humane Award

Last year's winners included a dog who performed a modified Heimlich maneuver on his choking owner.

Posted: March 20, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Last year's Dog of the Year
Humane Award winner

If you know a fabulous feline or precocious pooch with a knack for saving lives, or a heroic human who has improved the lives of animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wants to hear from you. The organization will be seeking nominations beginning April 1, 2008, of extraordinary pets and people for its annual Humane Awards program.

"The ASPCA Humane Awards 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 Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO.

Those who may be considered for this distinguished honor include humans who have worked on behalf of animal welfare, and animals who have engaged in acts of heroism in the United States during the past year. Winners will be invited to attend the Humane Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the historic Rainbow Room in New York City, where the awards will be presented.

Last year's winners included a Golden Retriever who performed a modified Heimlich maneuver on his choking owner; a cat with a loud voice who saved her family from dying of carbon monoxide poisoning; and a selfless preteen who works tirelessly on behalf of homeless horses.

The ASPCA will begin accepting nominations via its website on April 1 at All submissions must include the following: the nominee's name, street address, email address, and telephone number; the category for which he/she is being nominated; and a short statement (400 words or less) of why this person or pet deserves the award. 

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 15. Winners will be chosen by a committee selected by the ASPCA, and announced to the public in mid-October. For more information, please visit


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Rachel   Plymouth/Salem, MI

3/21/2008 7:03:40 AM

I think this a great idea to recognize heroic animals.The dog from last year was extremely cute!I think all animals have a hero in them, deep down in their heart. I wish I could nominate my dog, but all he does is wrestle with his dog friends at the dog park. If there was an award for best companion, I would nominate him!And my cat, Cleo, goes around killing helpless birds and mice that he finds in the wild. And my other cat, Bandit, he lies around all day. Maybe I could nominate the Border Collie I'm saving up for, if he's done anything heroic. Good Luck to all the dogs and cats out there! May the best pet
From the paws of:an ULTIMATE dog lover

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whitney   Port Huron, MI

3/20/2008 7:53:48 PM

This is such a good idea and a great way to get these loving animals noticed!! I also agree that most animals have a heroic side to them!!

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Karen   Standish, ME

3/20/2008 5:59:48 PM

thank you for this information.I will pass it on!

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frances   proctorville, OH

3/20/2008 2:53:37 PM


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