[Unfortunately, Boomer, the Border Collie did not make the cut,
even though the residents of Beaufort SC think he is pretty darn super!]
Public voting opens in June to select finalists for the 2019 American Humans Hero Dog Awards®. Yup. Americans have spoken to the tune of a half million votes across our country. The ballot box now shows 21 courageous canines [out of 361] have advanced to the super semifinals.
Ninth Year . . .
They will now compete on the Hallmark Channel in its 9th year to select the best of the best. The two-hour special will be aired this fall in conjunction with the network's pet adoption advocacy initiative, Hallmark Channel's Adoption Ever After. The HCAEA's goal is to empty animal shelters and end this country's epidemic of pet homelessness.
The public is invited to visit HeroDogAwards.org now until July 18 to vote once per day in each of the seven Hero Dog categories. The finalists will proceed to travel to Los Angeles to take part in the star-studded ninth annual Hero Dog Awards gala on October 5 at the Beverly Hilton. There they will be chosen as the 2019 American Hero Dog, the top honor a dog can receive in our country.
The seven categories for 2019 are: Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, sponsored by K-9 Courage from Zoetis Petcare; Military Dogs, sponsored by K-9 Courage from Zoetis Petcare; Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs, sponsored by Lulu's Fund; Shelter Dogs, sponsored by Hallmark Channel; and Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide/Hearing Dogs, both sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food.
Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Betty White, Ariel Winter, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell, Dean Cain, James Denton, Beth Stern, Katharine McPhee, Alison Sweeney, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristin Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.
"The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are our way of honoring the best of our best friends," said Robin Ganzert, PhD, American Humane president and CEO. "This unique effort brings attention to the life-changing, life-saving power of the human-animal bond – something that has been a core part of our organization's mission since 1877."
"Hallmark Channel is proud to have the American Humane Hero Dog Awards serve as the focal point of our Adoption Ever After initiative," said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. "Adoption Ever After is our on- and off-air advocacy and awareness initiative designed to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives, shine a spotlight on the wonderful animals in shelters across the country, and promote adoption."
Key dates for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest are:
2nd Round Voting: May 23 – July 18
3rd Round Voting: Aug. 1 – Sept. 9
Hero Dog Awards: Oct. 5
All voting rounds open and close at 12 pm Pacific Time on the dates listed above.
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