American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, announced the official start of the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® campaign, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. The annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash and will culminate this fall with the premiere of the “American Humane Hero Dog Awards®” on the Hallmark Channel.
Dog owners across the country can visit www.herodogawards.org to nominate their heroic hound in one of seven categories. The top dog in each category will travel to Los Angeles to be celebrated at the September 26th star-studded, red-carpet awards gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.
The seven categories for 2020 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, Military Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Shelter Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide/Hearing Dogs. When the nominations per- iod ends on March 10, 21 semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by the public. For more details on the contest rules and the next steps in judging, visit www.americanhumane.org. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.