“You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal“ – Betty White

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® are an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply providing the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day. Dogs compete in eight different categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement DogsArson DogsService DogsTherapy DogsMilitary DogsSearch and Rescue DogsGuide/Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs who do extraordinary things). The Hero Dog Awards celebrate the powerful, age-old bond between dogs and people – and give recognition to courageous acts of heroism performed by our four-legged best friends.

After voting by the American public, winners in each category are flown to Hollywood with their human friends to attend the American Humane Hero Dog Awards® gala in Los Angeles. There they walk the red carpet, are recognized in video tributes, receive their Hero Dog category award statue and mingle with celebrities, both two-legged and four-legged! The 2016 American Hero Dog will then be announced to the world.

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane at www. americanhumane.org today.


We would like to thank our incredible celebrity Ambassadors for their support and work towards creating a more humane world! Our Ambassadors are champions for the humane movement and they are passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond.

Lorenzo Borghese
Carolyn Hennesy
Adrienne Maloof
Alison Sweeney
Lisa Vanderpump