Happy Tail: Four adopted heros; plus: Nominate YOUR hero dog today!

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Our friends at the American Humane Association are giving heroic pets a chance to shine in this year’s Hero Dog Awards.

Each nominee is playing to win up to $10,000 for his or her favorite charity.
These four are Petfinder alumni, and we couldn’t be prouder! Read their stories below, then nominate your own hero dog today!

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Benny
Category: Therapy Dogs
Location: Playa del Rey, CA
Charity: Love on 4 Paws
When Benny came into the rescue group he was skin and bones, had pneumonia and had lost his sight in one eye. LeeAnn saw Benny on Petfinder and adopted him. She quickly learned that he was friendly and lovable — but he also had leash aggression and separation anxiety. LeeAnn didn’t give up on him. She enrolled him in obedience and therapy-dog classes, and today he visits young patients at a children’s hospital.

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Muffin
Category: Therapy Dogs
Location: Wallingford, CT
Charity: Angel on a Leash
An 8-year-old terrier mix, Muffin survived Hurricane Ivan in 2004. When Kate adopted her after seeing her on Petfinder, she was “a matted, smelly mess with her toenails almost grown into her paw pads.” Today, Muffin is a therapy dog and a founding member of the nonprofit Soul Friends, Inc,, which serves  children with social and emotional challenges. Her favorite thing? “A good snuggle with children living with trauma and loss.”

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Bugsy
Category: Emerging Hero Dogs
Location: Lincoln Park, NJ
Charity: American Veterinary Medical Association
Diane saw Bugsy on Petfinder seven years ago and adopted him. In 2010, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure; the vet gave him six months to live. Now, more than a year later, Diane is inspired by his heroic battle against the odds. “Each day is a blessing having our little guy with us,” she says. “We call him our hero.”

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Pippa
Category: Therapy Dogs
Location: Greenwich, CT
Charity: The Good Dog Foundation
Pippa had been described as “hyperactive and nuts and no one wanted her.” But when Lucinda saw her on Petfinder, she saw something special in the rail-thin, flea-infested dog’s eyes. She adopted her and enrolled her in therapy-dog training. Today, Pippa visits hospitals, nursing homes and schools. She has survived an auto-immune disorder, and her vet says she’s a miracle girl. Through her work, she’s also a miracle worker.

Read more about these hero dogs, and see other nominees here.

Find out how to nominate your dog for the Hero Dog Awards after the jump!

Nominate your dog:
Through May 31, the American Humane Association is accepting nominations for hero dogs in these categories:

  • Emerging hero dogs
  • Guide dogs
  • Hearing dogs
  • Law enforcement/arson dogs
  • Military dogs
  • Search and rescue dogs
  • Service dogs
  • Therapy dogs

Nominate a dog in the Hero Dog Awards — and tell us why that dog is a hero in the comments below.
 
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