(PRWEB) March 18, 2013
Nominations are now open for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, which honors rescued dogs or cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage by heroically helping a person in need.
“By honoring adopted or rescued dogs and cats from around the country who have heroically acted to help a person in need, The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor celebrates the human-animal bond,” said Betsy McFarland, vice president for companion animal issues at The HSUS. “We look forward to reviewing all of this year’s entries.”
Last year’s recipient was Hank, a Great Dane from Kansas City, Mo. Hank helped to shield his owner from her boyfriend during a vicious attack. Although Hank was injured, he provided enough of a distraction to allow the woman to escape.
Nominations can be submitted at humanesociety.org/petsofvalor. The heroic act must have taken place between Jan 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. With the help of official HSUS Pets of Valor Award spokesdog, Uggie, who portrayed a loyal dog who courageously rescues his owner from a fire in the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” HSUS companion animal experts will select five finalists, based on the significance and impact of the dog or cat’s heroic act. The winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31, 2013.
All finalists will receive a custom sterling silver tag designed by Bella Tocca Tags. The owner of the animal chosen to be HSUS’ Valor Pet of the Year will also receive a custom crystal figurine designed by Custom Glass Etching.
Visit humanesociety.org/petsofvalor for more information and to submit a nomination.