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2012 Humane Awards Announced

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 11:30am

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2012 ASPCA Humane Awards. This group of outstanding people and animals includes a rescue dog with more than 5.5 million views on YouTube and a 10-year-old horse advocate who has appeared before Congress.

The 2012 ASPCA Humane Award winners include:

ASPCA Dog of the Year
Abandoned in a trash heap, Fiona, an 11-year-old Poodle mix, was sick, covered in dirt, matted, infested with fleas and blind in both eyes. A Los Angeles-based animal rescue group Hope for Paws, came to Fiona’s aid, and with the help of hundreds of donors all over the world, they raised the funds for Fiona’s surgery. Fiona’s miraculous story of survival has since garnered more than 5.5 million views online, a testament to what can be accomplished when homeless animals get a second chance.

ASPCA Cat of the Year
Scooter the cat was found on the street with no use of his back legs. He was rushed to Harts Run Veterinary Hospital in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. Visitors to the hospital instantly fell in love with the fluffy black and white kitten, and donated funds to purchase him a custom-made wheeled mobility device. Scooter now visits a nursing home and rehabilitation hospital every week and serves as a constant inspiration to the elderly and to patients who lack mobility due to injuries and strokes.

ASPCA "Tommy P. Monahan" Kid of the Year
After hearing about the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter, now 10-year-old Declan Gregg of Greenland, New Hampshire, decided to raise his voice and get involved. Declan started his own blog, Children 4 Horses, to spread the word about horse advocacy issues. His dedication to horse advocacy brought him to the nation’s capital twice in recent months, where he represented more than 1,000 children from the U.S. and abroad by presenting the letters to legislators in Congress.

Meet all the winners of the 2012 ASPCA Humane Awards! Do you know of a heroic pet or a person who dedicates his or her life to animals? Tell us about your hero in the comments!

And stay tuned to the blog for photos from the annual Humane Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Hartville Group, Inc., on November 8 in New York City.

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Claudette Possani

REALLY AWESOME STORY OF THOSE PETS FIONA AND SCOOTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH AUDREY AND ELDAD FOR YOUR CARE OF ANIMALS, BLESS YOU TWO, NOTHING IS MORE TOUCHING THAN SEE HER RUNNING AROUND WAGING HER SHORT TAIL OF HAPPINESS......LOVED THAT VIDEO (2ND PART OF COURSE) PLS KEEP THE GOOD WORK IN FAVOR OF ANIMALS, GOD BLESS YOU!

Jane

I was deeply moved by this.

Joyce Lepper

Years ago I adopted an adult, female Cocker. She evidently thought she was a hunting dog because she kept her nose to the ground constantly. She was such a joy and when she grew old and became blind I worried about her. She knew her way around the house and yard, however, so seemed happy enough. Then I discovered when I put a leash on her she would go to the end, put her nose to the ground and follow some scent on the run. She seemed to trust I would not let her get hurt even in unknown areas. We went camping and she loved to 'hunt' and play in the ocean! She's been gone quite a while but I still miss her and think of her fondly often.

APRIL

FUNNY THING I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THAT DOG WAS FOUND , ON MANCHESTER AVE IN INGELWOOD , I TRAVELED THAT WAY FOR YEARS GOING TO HOLLYWOOD PARK TO WORK , SMALL WORLD

Rita

THATS WHAT RESCUE IS ALL ABOUT. GOD BLESS THE CARETAKERS OF ANIMALS, THEIR LOVE AND HUMANITY WILL NEVER GO UNRECOGNIZED.
YOUR BEAUTIFUL FIONA, INSIDE AND OUT!!

Animals have feelings and rights too! I love animals!

Terrie Parsons

thank you for loving her (Fiona) she is amazing and I love her too :)

Nancy Holbrook

Yes, thank you to all involved with rescuing our wonderful, loving pets. I too would have liked to see a picture of scooter. I just took in a pathetic gray cat. He was nearly blind,still has to have medications 2X's a day for his eyes. His mouth so infected, he had to have all his teeth pulled from canines back on top and bottom. He had an enfected tail that required surgery, all his shots and neutered. All in all nearly a $1,000. and I am on social security. He is so appreciative and happy now, follows me everywhere. I have 3 cats now. I am a recent widow and they are such a comfort to me. Fiona's story is such a beautiful ending as is Scooters. Wish I could contribute more for animal rescue.

Betsy and David

We love all animals, and at present keep dogs, cats and horses. All flesh and blood should be our responsibility. We were disappointed not to see pictures/video of Scooter and cat, and much as we love dogs, why should they unsurp other animals. But anyway,keep up the good work. Betsy and David Borthwick

Dhyan Story

I want to reiterate what a lot of others have already commented about and that is, it seems, an unequal amount of time and space has been allotted to Fiona and nothing to the Cat of the Year. I, for one, am extremely curious to see this cat in action as there aren't too many therapy cats that I know of. I am also very disappointed by the apparent bias you are showing against cats and for dogs. I send my $$ to support you and would like to equal reports and/or good news of BOTH dogs and cats.

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