Thank you to our charity partners for participating in the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, and for their dedication to our nation’s most extraordinary dogs and the outstanding services they provide. Each contestant in the Hero Dog Awards is required to select a charity partner that has been assigned to their entry category, when they submit their nomination. Organizations must go through an application process in order to become a charity partner, and the charity partners are not necessarily the organizations that certify the dogs they are partnered with.

American Humane will donate $2,500 to the charity partner of the winning finalist in each category, and the 2017 American Hero Dog will win an additional $5,000 for their charity partner. If you are interested in becoming a 2018 Hero Dog Awards charity partner, please contact us at info@herodogawards.org. We will respond to your email as soon as we can.

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Therapy

Website: Petpartners.org
Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing Animal-Assisted Interactions. With the highest caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners trains volunteers and evaluates them with their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings. We offer our teams superior risk management and the industry’s highest safety standards, continuing education and re-registration and keen attention to dealing with our unique multi-species team population.

Website: handinpaw.org

The gentle touch of a furry friend comforts those who are in need – this is Hand in Paw.

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Website: PetsOnWheels.org
Pets on Wheels is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings therapy animals to nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, schools, shelters, veterans hospitals, hospice, events and more for friendly pet visits. Our pets help lick loneliness, manage rehabilitation, de-stress and encourage reading and learning skills. Each year more than 175,000 people enjoy our Volunteer Teams’ visits at nearly 400 facilities and special events.

Service

Website: medicalservicedogs.com

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) organization based in Williston, Florida. We rescue, raise, train and finally, donate individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs to veterans & others suffering from disabilities that are both visible and invisible. It is our mission & purpose to combine both business and cutting-edge dog training skills, to bring dignity, assistance and independence, through our individually trained service dogs, and to improve the quality of life for both the recipient and the dog. One Dog. One Human. One Beautiful Relationship.

Website: strayrescue.org/

Stray Rescue’s mission is to lead the way toward making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection, and no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned, abused, or neglected. As part of our mission, Stray Rescue is out on the streets daily taking a progressive, proactive approach to establishing a permanent resolution to the stray companion animal problem through dedicated rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach programs, education, collaborations, and the encouragement of responsible pet guardianship. Through our participation in the Puppies For Parole program and Advanced Puppies For Parole, Stray Rescue dogs are trained and certified as service animals for individuals with special needs. We are also a proud partner of Pets For Patriots, serving as a destination for veterans and active duty personnel in the program who want to honorably adopt a new pet friend.

Stray Rescue’s mission is to lead the way toward making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection, and no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned, abused, or neglected. As part of our mission, Stray Rescue is out on the streets daily taking a progressive, proactive approach to establishing a permanent resolution to the stray companion animal problem through dedicated rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach programs, education, collaborations, and the encouragement of responsible pet guardianship. Through our participation in the Puppies For Parole program and Advanced Puppies For Parole, Stray Rescue dogs are trained and certified as service animals for individuals with special needs. We are also a proud partner of Pets For Patriots, serving as a destination for veterans and active duty personnel in the program who want to honorably adopt a new pet friend.

Website: www.paws-effect.org

Established in 2006, Paws & Effect is a Des Moines, Iowa-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places service dogs with military veterans and children diagnosed with medical needs. The organization also registers therapy animals through Pet Partners, and regularly hosts sanctioned dog-agility events as fund-raisers.


Website: www.neads.org

NEADS has raised, trained and matched over 1,700 World Class Service Dogs since 1976. We are dedicated to serving adults and children, including our Nation’s Veterans, who are Deaf or have a physical disability, as well as children on the Autism spectrum. NEADS Dogs are also partnered with professionals in the Classroom, Ministry, Therapy, Hospital and Courthouse settings.

Website: www.pawsforpurplehearts.org

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Website: vetdogs.org

Since 2003, America’s VetDogs has trained guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. America’s VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. America’s VetDogs is only the second assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. To learn more or to donate, visit www.VetDogs.org.

Website: www.capitalcityk9.org

Capital City K9 is a non-profit organization that rescues local shelter dogs and trains them to become service dogs for people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While our program was originally started to help Veterans, we have expanded the program to include anyone with PTSD, including, first responders, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and children. Our mission is to provide these life saving dogs at no cost to the person receiving them.

Website: www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not for profit assistance dog organizations. The purpose of ADI is to:

  • improve the training, placement, and utilization of assistance dogs
  • improve staff and volunteer education
  • educate the public about assistance dogs,
  • advocate for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs.

Website: http://leash-on-life.org/

New Leash on Life is a non-profit that trains Service Dogs for Veterans and others with disabilities. We are located on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington State. We train dogs for PTSD, hearing, mobility and diabetes. We also volunteer with Voices for Veterans. This non-profit holds 3 Stand Downs a year and we started “Keep our pets with our Vets” program. This program provides donated pet food and supplies to homeless and struggling Veterans.


Website: http://www.semperk9.org/

Combat veteran founded and operated, Semper K9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs Semper K9 provide service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members.

Website: http://www.tbbf.org

The Battle Buddy Foundation (TBBF), was Founded by Veterans to Serve Veterans suffering from PTSD and other war related injuries. TBBF’s goal is to create long term and tangible change in the lives of disabled veterans and their families through our service dog program, at no cost.

Emerging Hero

Website: petsforpatriots.org

Pets for Patriots is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to companion pet adoption for United States military veterans. Our program is available to veterans at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces, and we are proud to serve veterans from WWII up to and including active duty personnel. Through companion pet adoption we help men and women returning from war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, deploying troops trying to fill the void of their absence, and veterans who are lonely or depressed. At the same time we save adult and senior pets, victims of animal abuse, pets with disabilities or chronic medical conditions, and larger dogs – those animals most overlooked for adoption. To help these loving, healing bonds endure, we provide a range of benefits to make pet parenthood more affordable for the men and women who defend our freedom. Pets for Patriots provides the most extraordinary service of all: love.

Website: www.dogsondeployment.org

Dogs on Deployment (DoD) is an all-volunteer, national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing critical resources to support United States service members and their pets by providing a much-needed connection between individuals and families willing to board pets and military members whose service puts their pets at risk of abandonment. DoD offers online resources that help military members find loving, safe foster homes for their animals, allowing them to serve our country with one less worry. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.

Website: www.freewaysgreytescape.com

Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc. was established with its sole purpose to help with the initial emergency medical assistance to injured racing greyhounds, surrendered to non profit rescue/adoption organizations. By doing so, a greyhound that would have otherwise been euthanized now has a chance at full recovery from his/her injuries and can be adopted by a loving family. With our financial assistance, non-profit greyhound rescue/adoption organizations will be able to meet the financial obligations within their organization to have immediate medical attention and/or surgery given to a surrendered (retired) injured racing greyhound.


Website: pilotsnpaws.org/

Pilots N Paws is a registered 501c3 charity that connects rescue animals with private pilots willing to provide free transport to save their lives. Since starting in 2008 their 5,300 pilots have rescued well over 100,000 animals including dogs, cats, pigs, birds, reptiles, and rabbits.

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Gunnar’s Wheels strives to provide donations of wheel carts and other needed mobility supplies to handicapped dogs in need.

Guide / Hearing

Website: guidedog.org

For more than 65 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., has trained guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind or have low vision, or who have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is the first assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. To learn more or to donate, visit www.GuideDog.org.

Website: fidelco.org

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation partners exceptional men and women who are blind with elite German Shepherd guide dogs, providing all clients with increased independence to improve their lives and the world around them.

Each Fidelco guide dog takes two years, 15,000 hours, and $45,000 to breed, train, and place. Thanks solely to the compassionate generosity of its donors, and the dedicated work of its staff and volunteers, all Fidelco guide dogs are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States and trains all clients in the communities where they live and work. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years.

Fidelco has also placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, search and rescue, and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe.

Law Enforcement / Arson

Website: www.throwawaydogsproject.com

Throw Away Dogs RESCUES, REHABILITATES and RELOCATES thrown away dogs so they can have a purpose to be HONORED, RESPECTED & TRUSTED as Police K9 working dogs. Making rescue dogs into working K9 police dogs…it can be done!

Website: ProjectPawsAlive.org

Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a nationwide 501(c)3 non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and our mission is to provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and first aid field trauma kits to law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K-9s throughout the United States. We rely solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies. All donations are tax-deductible. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about Project Paws Alive please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

Website: www.n-sda.org

The National Search Dog Alliance is a 501(c)(3) of all volunteers providing education, testing and a national level of certification for K-9 handlers in all parts of the country to better enable them to save lives in their communities.

Website: www.ardainc.org

The American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), founded in 1972 by Bill and Jean Syrotuck, is the nation’s oldest air-scenting search dog organization. ARDA is comprised of highly skilled volunteer search and rescue units across the United States that utilize specially trained dogs to locate missing persons in wilderness, drowning, forensic cadaver, and disaster search and rescue/recovery missions. Since its inception, ARDA’s standards and training methods have served as the model for canine search and rescue units around the world.

Military

Website: https://www.facebook.com/SDGunner/

The SD Gunner Fund was created to assist Veterans and disabled children with the financial expense of owning much needed service animals. Service Animals require a variety of necessary items in order to perform their service. Those items can include but are not limited to: vests, custom harnesses, other assistance items, veterinary visits, and more.

Website: http://www.pawsandstripes.org

Paws and Stripes provides service dogs, which are rescued from local shelters, for wounded military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. We provide a curriculum of care, including service animal training, mental health resources and peer support as they personally train their service animal, with the assistance of our trainers free of charge to the veterans.

Website: http://www.theddocfoundation.org/

Military, Contract, and Law Enforcement K-9’s do not receive the same benefits as their human counterparts do upon retirement. The DDoc Foundation ensures these hero dogs do not go without the medical care they need after their service to our country ends. Everything from routine checkups to major surgeries caused by an old injury that resurfaces is covered. In addition to medical care, we also place retired K-9’s in new homes when needed and can assist in transportation both in the continental US and abroad.