The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people. These amazing dogs provide compassion and comfort to transform people’s lives with their unconditional love, devotion and intuition. Hero Dogs are ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things.
Here’s what the people who nominated them say makes each of these finalists a Hero Dog:
EMERGING HERO DOGS CATEGORY (sponsored by Paul Mitchell Schools)
WINNER: Cassidy (Midvale, UT) — Three years ago a good Samaritan pulled over to pick up a pile of trash on the side of the highway. Under the garbage was a skinny, matted, scared little black dog who had been hit by a car. Cassidy was rushed to the emergency vet where his front leg was amputated. Sheltie Rescue of Utah took him into their program and Cassidy found his forever home with Kathy. But Cassidy’s amazing journey did not stop there; he is an advocate for special needs rescues and works to show that every life has value. He is proof that dogs are not disposable. Cassidy and his mom also do presentations for children about disabilities, acceptance and how everyone is different, special and has something positive to give to the world. Cassidy visits rehabilitation centers and is living proof that there is always hope and that anything is possible. Despite everything he has been through he has a very loving and trusting nature. He snuggles into each person’s arms and shows them that he is perfect the way he is and that they too are perfect the way they are.
(Charity Partner: Sheltie Rescue of Utah)