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Seven Remarkable Canines Named Finalists for 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

 America has spoken and following nearly a million votes cast by animal lovers across the country and a celebrity panel of dog lovers and experts, seven remarkable canines have been named finalists in the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis), and broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel.

These heroic canines each took top honors in their individual categories from a field of 266 nominees and now a combination of America’s voters and a panel of celebrity judges will determine which dog will be named the 2018 American Hero Dog.

The public is invited to submit one vote per day through September 5 at The seven finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the star-studded Hero Dog Awards gala on September 29 at the Beverly Hilton, which will be broadcast as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall. The seven category winners for 2018 are:


LAW ENFORCEMENT/ARSON DOG OF THE YEAR: “K-9 Flash” from Detroit, Michigan

EMERGING HERO DOG OF THE YEAR: “Willow” from Las Vegas, Nevada

GUIDE/HEARING DOG OF THE YEAR: “Frances” from Staten Island, New York

MILITARY DOG OF THE YEAR: “Sgt. Fieldy” from McAllen, Texas

SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG OF THE YEAR: “Ruby” from East Greenwich, Rhode Island

SERVICE DOG OF THE YEAR: “Roxy” from Canton, North Carolina

THERAPY DOG OF THE YEAR: “Chi Chi” from Phoenix, Arizona


Over the past eight years, more than 8 million votes have been cast for more than a thousand dogs seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world.

“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards celebrate the tremendously important roles dogs play in our lives,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO. “The American public and our special judging panel now have an extraordinarily tough task ahead of them in determining who our top dog will be because all are worthy winners.”

“It is an honor to support an effort to recognize the best of our ‘best friends,’” said philanthropist Lois Pope, who has been the awards’ presenting sponsor for seven years. “From those who defend our country to those who help us heal, guide us, protect us, and help find the lost, every single contender exemplifies the courage and heroism we seek to spotlight in the Hero Dog Awards campaign. Through this national forum we have helped educate America about the lifesaving, life-affirming work of our nation’s canine heroes.”

“So many of our animals are heroes to us in ways both big and small. We at Zoetis Petcare understand this and join American Humane in recognizing and celebrating the remarkable ways in which these special dogs improve – and often even save – lives,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, Executive Director, Zoetis Petcare Marketing. “We are proud to be the Corporate Sponsor for the Hero Dog Awards and, through our K-9 Courage Program, to also sponsor the Law Enforcement/Arson Dog and Military Dog categories for this important effort to strengthen and unleash the powerful bond between people and animals.”

For more information about the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, and to vote daily in the contest, please visit

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