|6/9/2020 9:07:00 AM|
You just might see a very
famous Mineral Point dog on TV
Noah, the five year old rescue pup from Mineral Point may be headed for the Halmark Channel.
That is, if he receives enough votes during the next year. If he gets the votes he will take part in a two hour special on the Hallmark Channel for the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Award.
He has already proved his popularity. Based on nearly half a million votes cast by animal lovers across the country, "Noah" has advanced to the semifinals of the competition.
Noah is one of only three dogs in the nation to vie for the title of the nation's top Shelter hero dog of the year and compete with six other heroic hounds for the top title of "American Hero Dog" at the annual awards.
The American Humane Hero Dog Awards will be broadcast nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel. The show will be broadcast in conjunction with the network's pet adoption advocacy initiative, Hallmark Channel's Adoption Ever After, which aims to empty shelters and end this country's epidemic of pet homelessness.
Here is Noah's story as told by Lisa Edge, who serves as his handler.
"What would you do if you were a pup born without eyes and used a wheelchair due to handicapped back legs? You become the world's most beloved anti-bullying dog, and an ambassador for blind and handicapped animals!
This is Noah, a pup who travels to schools with lessons about acceptance, tolerance, disabilities and kindness. He is an outstanding visual for kids to see that it's okay to be different, just like he is! Known as "The Anti-Bullying Pup,"
Noah sends a strong message that it's never okay to pick on people who may have disabilities, look or dress differently, or have different beliefs. Rescued by Saving K9 Lives, given a Muffin's Halo to protect his head, and a wheelchair donated by Mango on a Mission, Noah has proven to the world that even with handicaps, he can do anything a "normal" pup can do....just a little differently.
When he's not in the classroom, you can find Noah at nursing homes, freely giving his love to seniors. His innate ability to love makes him a favorite guest. He also enjoys skiing on the slopes of Wisconsin with custom skis to fit his wheelchair!
Noah has been a semi-finalist in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has been featured in People Magazine, interviewed by Inside Edition, named a Wisconsin Hero Dog, and chosen as ASPCA Dog of the Year 2018-19 for the work he does in schools.
Noah can show you a thousand reasons why he was spared from certain death. He is a champion for the "underdog," as he, himself, is one. Roll on, little guy!
Noah is one of just 21 heroic hounds who were chosen by the American public to advance to the semifinals from a field of 408 remarkable candidates. The public is invited to access the web page www.HeroDogAwards.org between now and July 16 to vote once per day in each of the seven Hero Dog categories. The winning dog in each category will take part in the nationally televised Hero Dog Awards this fall and this year's top American Hero Dog will be revealed."
The seven categories for 2020 are: Therapy Dogs, sponsored by World Pet Association; Service Dogs, sponsored by Lulu's Fund; Military Dogs; Law Enforcement Dogs; Shelter Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Guide/Hearing Dogs.
During the past nine years, Americans have cast millions of votes for more than a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion 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, 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, Shannen Doherty, Sarah Michelle Gellar and many, many more.
Key dates for the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards:
1st Round Voting: April 2 - May 7
2nd Round Voting: May 28 - July 16
3rd Round Voting: July 30 - September 10
Hero Dog Awards Broadcast: Fall 2020, exact date/time to be announced
All rounds open and close at 12 p.m. Pacific Time. And because behind every hero pet is a hero vet or veterinary nurse, please be sure to cast a daily vote for your favorites in the 2020 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards®, sponsored by Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis), starting June 11 right here: www.HeroVetAwards.org.
"The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are our way of honoring the best of our best friends," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO. "This unique effort brings attention to the life-changing, life-saving power of the human-animal bond - something that has been a core part of our organization's mission since 1877."
For more information about the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, and to vote daily, please visit www.herodogawards.org. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email Mari Harner at email@example.com or call 1-800-227-4645.
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