American Humane Hero Dog Awards to Air Oct. 20 on Hallmark Drama August 31, 2021

American Humane Hero Dog Awards to Air Oct. 20 on Hallmark Drama

Dog lovers have one more week to help choose the top winner for the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. This must-see annual event for animal lovers will be broadcast nationally Oct. 20 on Hallmark Drama from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards celebrate the tremendously important roles dogs play in our lives,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO. “The American public now has an extraordinarily tough task ahead of it in determining who our top dog will be because all are worthy winners.”

“The Hero Dog Awards celebrate America’s often unsung heroes,” said philanthropist and Platinum Presenting Sponsor Lois Pope. “From those who defend our country to those who help us heal, guide us, protect us, and help find the lost, every single contender exemplifies the courage and heroism we seek to spotlight in this campaign. Our goal is not only to honor these magnificent dogs but to inspire America to reflect on the outsized contributions that animals make in our lives each and every day.” 

All seven finalists, who took top honors in their individual categories from an initial field of more than 400 nominees, will appear on the national television broadcast on Oct. 20 and will take part in the glittering Hero Dog Awards gala at the fabulous Eau Palm Resort in Palm Beach on Nov. 12. Tickets are available at Now, the animal-loving public is invited to vote for their favorite once each day through September 7 by 12 p.m. Pacific Time at The top winner will be determined through a combination of ballots from the public and a special, blue-ribbon panel of animal experts and celebrity animal lovers.

Meet the seven remarkable Hero Dog Awards finalists.

During the past 11 years, Americans have cast millions of votes for thousands of dogs seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches billions of people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters and entertainment acts have included Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Betty White, Ariel Winter, Vivica A. Fox, Rebecca Romijn, Alison Sweeney, James Denton, Beth Stern, Faithe Herman, Marcus Scribner, Bindi Irwin, Derek Hough, Richard Marx, Katharine McPhee, Michelle Beadle, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, John Ondrasik, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristen Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Eric Stonestreet, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison and many more.

And because behind every hero pet is a hero vet or veterinary nurse, American Humane will also be announcing the winners of the 2021 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, sponsored by Zoetis Petcare (a US business unit of Zoetis) at the Hero Dog Awards. Read these heroic professionals’ stories and keep up with all the action at

For more information about the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and tickets to the Nov. 12 gala in Palm Beach, please visit

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