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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Congratulations to all of the winners. Xena the Warrior Puppy is such a deserving girl - she's overcome cruelty and near death, then went on to shower love,compassion, and strength to her boy, Jonny. These two are truly an amazing duo.
We all love our own dogs and cats, please don't use this forum to vent your negative comments.


I'm just glad to see that TOP DOG is a PITTIE -- Every little bit of positive press is a good thing for the pit bull, precious doggies !!


Dear Daz, it's not the size or the breed, it's the heart of an animal. And like you, I believe my dog is Dog of the Century. That's what love is, seeing those we love as the best in the world. Unlike people, our animals don't care if we're smart, or pretty, or normal, or a millionaire, we are the best to them and that's all that matters.

Alida du Preez

What amazing stories of the kittie brought back from the war, the stunning doggy and his autistic friend,
but most of all the touching story of the little animal lover killed in the terrible shoot out....I salute them all....God bless you all!!!!


lmfao it!!! :) VERY WELL STATED!!! ;)


Yeah that's great. A real fighter.


Yeah that's great. A real fighter.


Xena is a hero and gave an 8 year old child compainonship. This special animal is spreading the word and if a person can't see that they do not need a dog. I feel sorry for Dane who apparently has a human compainon that ain't too bright. I pray he treats his dog better than the way he views the important things in this world!!!

Pat P.

Virginia may indeed be a very kind woman, but like others I think all breeding of animals, therefore, making money from the sale of them, should be banned. They are not a commodity. Selling them just reinforces the laws that classify them as objects. Just because a breeder is reputable and better than a horrible puppy mill, does not excuse the problem. The world is full of MILLIONS of wonderful cats and dogs that are killed every day/hour, due to lack of people to adopt them. Telling people that must spay/neuter animals to control the population and then saying it's okay to breed more is incredibly hypocritical. We should be taking care of the ones we have not breeding more!


I forgot-thanks to the lady who adopted Xena! She's a cutie! :) Good job, Xena!