Each year, the American Humane Association holds a competition in order to find and recognize the country’s phenomenal hero dogs. Voting is open until September 15th, so you still have a chance to get your vote in.
Dogs running for the award come from all walks of life, and there are eight categories:
- Law Enforcement Dogs
- Arson Dogs
- Service Dogs
- Therapy Dogs
- Military Dogs
- Guide and Hearing Dogs
- Search and Rescue Dogs
- Emerging Hero Dogs
The last category are for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, or are heroes to their families.
One dog also walks away with top honors as the winning American Hero Dog, and the prize is $5,000 for a charity. In 2013, Elle the Pitbull became the American Hero Dog. She’s a therapy dog who also works as safety educator, and with a children’s reading program.