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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Animal Whispere...

Fantastic dog story, but why no cat picture?

Terry Ray

This cat has captured the love of people all over; he was born without a pelvis or hind legs and despite having a prolapsed anus twice, he just keeps on going! Please consider him for next year; he's such an inspiration!


I have been following Eldad and Audrey for about four years now on their website and on Facebook! They are absolutely amazing people and without them many, many animals would never, ever be alive today and or have the opportunity to be adopted into a loving and forever home! I am going to donate to them this weekend, write a letter and mail it with a donation! If we all continue to support Hope For Paws Eldad and Audrey and their helpers can do what they so lovingly do and that is saving animals every single day! Thank God for them and people all over who are dedicating themselves to helping save animals! I do TNR and it is extremely rewarding, I am limited with funds but I know every bit that I do helps that much more!Thank you Hope For Paws from the bottom of my heart for everything you do!!! Sincerely, Vicky McDonald (Boca Raton, FL)


i've always thought that fiona might be the pet of a homeless person, perhaps elderly or, sadly, deceased.

eldad and audrey hagar are heroes.


i believe pet owners should be required to chip their animals. Now I know it isn't going to happen for ferrel cats... It might be rare for puppies but anytime an animal is taken to a vet it should be
Mandated. If a dog or cat is abandoned the chances are better of finding these people... Well I know it sounds easy... Well just being hopeful.


The story of Fiona has really touched me. May God bless the people who changed this amazing dog's life and may God bless this precious dog with many years of a healthy, happy life.

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