Hero Dog Dinner (cont.)

American Humane Hero Dog Dinner Opportunity to Showcase the Remarkable Way Abused Dogs are Capable of Forgiveness
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Abigail, a one-year-old pit mix from Lehigh Acres, Florida, has been named this year’s most courageous canine, besting 187 other heroic hounds and capturing the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®.

The seventh annual Hero Dogs Awards are sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., and will be broadcast nationally on the Hallmark Channel October 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. Central Time.

Abigail is a dog who did not ask for the life she was forced to live. She was found as a stray in Miami and taken to a rescue center where she was examined. She was anemic and infested with ticks. Scars covered her bloody head, neck, back legs, and half her face was missing with the skin ripped off down to the eardrum. She smelled terribly because of multiple infections, and was covered in dried mud.

Experts suspected she was a victim of dog fighting. Her injuries were at least a week old and she almost lost her life. Abigail had several major surgeries and extensive skin grafts. She had weeks of hospitalization and daily bandage changes, which led to the launch of her “mission.” Her vet and her vet tech were changing her bandages, and the way they held the gauze on her head made them look like bonnets. In solidarity, people from all over the world started sending bonnets, and now the Facebook page “Bonnets for Abigail” has more than 12,000 followers.

Despite the terrible injuries inflicted on her, Abigail is a heroic example of bravery and overcoming, and is using her public platform to teach forgiveness and bring awareness to the importance of ending dog fighting.

For her extraordinary bravery and good works, Abigail won the American Humane Hero Dog Awards’ “Emerging Hero Dog” category for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things. This year, the Emerging Hero Dog category is sponsored by the maker of NexGard® (afoxolaner) Chewables. We thank them for helping draw attention to Abigail’s story and spotlighting the remarkable ways dogs are capable of forgiveness and moving on to do good things for others even when they themselves were in need of help.

The sold-out, star-studded inspiring awards honoring America’s most courageous canines were hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last month.

“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the most extraordinary heroes the world has ever known, the very best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. “These courageous canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill, aged and afflicted, bringing hope to those who have lost it, and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people. All seven category winners exemplify what it means to be a hero, and we hope that their stories – and Abigail’s – will inspire people to value our animal friends and to recognize and honor how much they do for us every day.”

“It is an honor to support an effort to recognize the best of our ‘best friends,’” added philanthropist Lois Pope, who has been the awards’ presenting sponsor for six years. “Through this national forum we have helped educate America about the lifesaving, life-affirming work of our nation’s canine heroes.”

American Humane National Media Director, Mark Stubis, with his
wife, our columnist Qin, at the Hero Dog Dinner.



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