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ASPCA Humane Awards: Meet the Dog, Cat and Kid of the Year

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:15pm
ASPCA Humane Award

A group of amazing people and animals will be honored today at the 2013 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City. The annual ceremony recognizes special animals and individuals who made a positive and lasting impact during the past year.

The 2013 Humane Awards winners include:
 

ASPCA Cat of the Year

Koshka was a stray cat when she struck up a friendship with Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott at a base in southern Afghanistan. Koshka was a pleasant reminder of life at home in Oregon. Koshka stayed by Knott’s side, helping him through some of his darkest moments at war. Knott’s parents helped him bring Koshka home with him to Oregon, where she now peacefully resides.


2013 Cat of the Year

ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year

Six-year-old Catherine Hubbard had a natural ability to connect and care for animals. She designed her own business cards and appointed herself head of “Catherine’s Animal Shelter” with the title “Care Taker.” On December 14, 2012, Catherine was among 20 children killed during a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Catherine’s parents chose to honor Catherine by asking that donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown. With these funds, The Animal Center hopes to build the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
 

ASPCA Dog of the Year

In September 2012, an animal control officer in Dekalb County, Georgia, responded to a call reporting an extremely malnourished abandoned pit bull puppy. The officer took the fragile puppy, on the verge of death, to the Dekalb Animal Shelter. Chrissy Kaczynski, one of the founders of Friends of Dekalb Animals (FODA) took her home. Remarkably, the puppy bounced back, prompting Chrissy to name her Xena the Warrior Puppy. Xena later became a companion for eight-year-old Jonny, who is autistic. Jonny and Xena spread a message of compassion for both animals and those with autism throughout America and 89 countries, territories and provinces around the world.

2013 Dog of the Year

Meet all the winners of the 2013 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.

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JUDY

Love to hear happy endings ,especially for pit bulls!

Jen

Reply of the day! The idiot needs a brain more than he does a Dane.

Catmom1013

Very clever.

Flipper

Yes, It is clear that this person has Dane Bramage.

meizie07

All I can say is, poor Dane. Maybe an animal control officer needs to investigate the life circumstance of this unfortunate creature who is owned by someone like daz.

Catmom1013

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Catman

Thank you Catwoman.

Sweetpea1121

You go Catwoman0129!! What a jerk for that comment!!! Awesome dog of the year!!! I live in GA and Dekalb Co has some rough areas and low income. Prob. people who just did not care or have the means to be having a pet/puppy! Awful, uncaring souls out there, very sad!! I am very happy to hear the officer took in the puppy!!! Yea for him!!!! ;)

FreeRangeRadical

Madam, I present to you the Reply of the Year award! :)

I'd also give ya a hug if you were closer!

mattyp

Thank you for your comments catwoman0129, so elegant and so on point!

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