Nominations Being Accepted for 2012 "Hero Dog" Award - KLFY News 10

Nominations Being Accepted for 2012 "Hero Dog" Award

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       Win a trip to Hollywood, honor your dog on national TV, and help      win $15,000 for a worthy cause!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us, and given us their unconditional love.  Now you can repay the favor, win a trip to Hollywood, and help worthy charities share $50,000 in critically needed funds – just by clicking on www.herodogawards.org and nominating your capital canine in the 2012 "American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™."

Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards are produced by Emmy® award winning MRB Productions and seek to identify and recognize America's Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it's saving lives, lending a comforting paw when you're sick, or just welcoming you home at the end of a hard day.

"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!"

"In a very short period of time, the Hero Dog Awards has established itself as the ultimate celebration of dogs and the remarkable things they do to make people's lives better.  This annual initiative recognizes these tremendous animals through their stories of loyalty, bravery, commitment, and unconditional love," says Bill Abbott, CEO and President, Crown Media Family Networks.  "As we open nominations for next year, we look forward to hearing and sharing more of these accounts, which are important reminders of how integral the human-dog partnership is to the enrichment of so many lives. I actively encourage dog lovers and everyone who has a four-legged hero to visit www.herodogawards.org

and nominate your dog or share in the inspirational stories of others."

            Dogs may be nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for pets). Finalists in each of the eight categories will be selected by the public from the pool of contestants, and flown to Hollywood with two of their human friends to the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California onOctober 6, 2012.  There they will walk the red carpet, attend the show which will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel, and will be recognized in a video tribute at the black-tie gala where the winning American Hero Dog will be announced.  Each of the eight finalists will win $5,000 for their chosen charity selected from the contest's list of 45 charity partners. The top winner will win an additional $10,000 for their charity partner.

            Nominations close on March 26, 2012, and voting by the general public will begin on April 1, 2012.

Finalists in each category will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. This year's judges include Whoopi Goldberg, Candy Spelling, CBS' Debbye Turner Bell, "America's Veterinarian" Dr. Marty Becker, actresses Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Megyn Price, Edie McClurg, and Christie Brooke, Prince Lorenzo Borghese and many other notable names.

            Complete rules and entry information can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org.

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