Each year, the American Humane Association recognizes the country’s hero dogs in eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs). Every finalist will be presented with a Hero Dog award for their feats of loyalty, bravery, and love, and win $1,500 for a selected charity partner. In addition, one finalist will walk away with top honors as the winning American Hero Dog for 2014, securing an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.
Those eight winners will attend a gala event in Hollywood on October 6, when one will be named Top American Hero Dog. Last year’s Top Dog was Elle the Pit Bull, the guide dog who led her blind master safely down 78 flights of stairs following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Voting is open until September 15, although I warn you that they are all worthy of the prize.