Nominations being accepted for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

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The American Humane Association is seeking nominations for its second annual Hero Dog Awards and the deadline is Monday (March 26).

The categories are Law Enforcement/Arson; Service; Therapy; Military; Guides; Search and Rescue; Hearing; Emerging Hero Dogs and ordinary pets that do extraordinary things. Finalists in each of the eight categories will be selected by the public from the pool of contestants and flown to Hollywood for the awards with two human friends – the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. on October 6.

The show, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel.

Public voting will begin on April 1 and finalists will be judged by a panel of celebrities and animal experts including: Whoopi Goldberg, Candy Spelling, CBS’ Debbye Turner Bell, “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, actresses Kristin Bauer Van Straten and many others.

Each of the finalists will win $5,000 for their chosen charity and the top winner will win an additional $10,000 for their charity partner.

From the press release –

Americans love a hero, and this year’s inaugural Hero Dog Awards proved that’s true for the four-legged kind as well,” said Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “The overwhelming outpouring of support for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards instantly transformed this event from a great idea, into a campaign and program that was nationally embraced. Everyone has a hero dog in his or her life, and we want to hear about yours!

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