(PRESS RELEASE)_PALM BEACH, FLORIDA — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, hosted a sold-out crowd for its 13th annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards on November 10 at The Breakers Palm Beach. The event was filmed by MRB Productions and produced by executive producers Matt Brady and Dr. Robin Ganzert to be televised on the fyi, Network at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and A&E at 1 p.m. on November 26.
Known as the “Oscars® for Canines,” this year’s star-studded event was hosted by supermodel, actress, and entrepreneur Christie Brinkley and TV personality Carson Kressley. The glitzy gala presented by Lois Pope and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation brought together celebrity animal lovers—including Nicollette Sheridan, Jennie Garth, Donna Mills, Monica Seles, and others. The event was held to honor the five category winners of the 2023 Hero Dog Awards.
Maverick—a lifesaving therapy dog for the United Services Organization (USO)--took home the night’s top honors as 2023 American Humane Hero Dog of the year.
"We are thrilled that Christie Brinkley co-hosted the 13th Annual Hero Dog Awards. Christie has spent her entire life advocating for animal welfare and that's exactly what we do here at American Humane. It was an honor to have her join us as we celebrated these heroes on both ends of the leash" said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane. “And it’s a real pleasure to welcome back fantastic long-time host and animal lover Carson Kressley to our gala in Palm Beach. Carson is a committed ambassador for all animals, and especially our hero dogs.”
The American Humane Hero Dog Awards is an annual, nationwide competition that recognizes America’s standout working dogs—often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things—such as saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or helping people achieve their goals.
Americans nominated hundreds of inspiring dogs from across the country. From there, five semi-finalists in five categories were chosen to meet the American public, who voted for their favorite four-legged hero.
Category winners from each area:
Maverick, the 2023 Therapy Dog and Hero Dog of the Year, from St. Robert Missouri, sponsored by The Brady Hunter Foundation
Buda, the 2023 Military Hero Dog from Oceanside, California, sponsored by American Airlines
Raina, the 2023 Emerging Shelter and Hero Dog from Perkasie, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Lulu’s Fund. Raina was honored posthumously after succumbing to old age just weeks before the awards.
Poppy, the 2023 Law Enforcement and First Responder Hero Dog from Columbia, South Carolina, sponsored by Ethos Veterinary Health
Moxie, the 2023 Service and Guide/Hearing Hero Dog from Ballwin, Missouri, sponsored by Miter Foundation.
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