Tonight on the Hallmark Channel, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, hosted by Carson Kressley, will celebrate our four-legged friends and the innumerable contributions they make on our behalf. The Hero Dog Awards pays tribute to eight remarkable dogs and their handlers — each partnership a powerful testament to the age-old bond between dogs and people.
NCIS star Pauley Perrette, one of the celebrity presenters, tweeted this morning: “Me & tons of celebs you love will be on Hero Dog Awards airing Friday night.”
Following a nationwide online search that elicited some 400,000 votes, each dog was selected among hundreds of nominees from all 50 states in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs, and finally, Emerging Hero Dogs a category that highlights ordinary pets who do extraordinary things.
The finalists and their handlers were flown to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, and take the stage to accept their special “Hero Dog” award, following a presentation of a special video tribute telling each of their incredible stories. At the end of the evening, one dog was named the overall “American Hero Dog.”
Among the other celeb judges and presenters are Jillian Michaels, Betty White, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Jason Lewis, Candy Spelling, Victoria Stillwell, and Joey Lawrence.
Former The Biggest Loser trainer Michaels, who now can be seen on The Doctors, is also a presenter and she says, “I promote lifelong, healthy relationships between dogs and people both on camera and in my everyday life. Healthy, happy pets mean longer lives for many people. It’s just something that I believe. I was thrilled to lend my name to the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards® as one of the celebrity judges. I am truly honored to be a part of this very special program.”
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel.