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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Avril Lomas

How nice ,in these troubled times to read something positive and happy.

Jaime Perez

I'm so happy for Fiona. She is beautiful little lady and deserves the best in life. Congratulations pretty girl.


Here's an article with a phot of Scooter.

or if you wish, just google "scooter therapy cat." You will get a wide selection of articles...

Ms. Elisse Dian...

Indeed, it was wonderful to view the rescue video of Fiona. How great this organization, and others like it, are for the compassion and devotion displayed toward these innocent creatures. Thank you for her rescue and award and may God bless all those who continue in these marvelous endeavors.

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Congratulations you all!


those kind of dog are cute


I watched Fiona's story a while ago, and am thrilled that she is dog of the year. That someone could abandon her like that was truly heartbreaking, but so wonderful that so many helped her to see and to be well and happy. Bravo for Scooter, so resilient and brave, and to all who helped this wonderful little cat. And thank goodness for youngsters like Tommy, who has spoken up against inhumanity towards animals. We need people like this young man to inspire other young people to speak up for the vulnerable and voiceless. Thank you to so many who help animals.

Elly Gilmore

Well, Well if all the cat lovers are incensed by lack of recognition for our feline friends you should try being a rescuer of exotic birds! These magnificent creatures are NOT meant to be pets but the breeders just keep churning them out. Parrots are the third most popular pet in the United States after dogs & cats and are often subjected to unspeakable abuse before being dumped at rescues (The average parrot is on its third or fourth owner by the time it's six or seven years old and remember, many of these birds will live for seventy or eighty years)
You will seldom or never see these birds even acknowledged by major animal welfare organizations, they are treated as 'Children of A Lesser God'-yet an average parrot has the intelligence of a smart three or four year old. Shame on those who persistently ignore their plight

sarah hall

There is a God..Thank you for helping her...