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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Great Job Xena! You look good and I'm oh so proud to have seen your journey. TRULY AMAZING! I tell people all the time, rescue dogs are so thankful for the littlest things. A simple pat on the head and lots of LOVE and you get dog who wants to please.


Such a touching story, animals can be very therapeutic for children with autism. I should know I have an autistic child and 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 18 chickens.


Just a side note thought, not meant to take anything away from the importance of this story; Pit bull myth shattered again, not a crazed fighter!


Another Put Bull Hero, well deserved beautiful little girl.


Glad the cat came to the USA with her human! How nice, and thanks to Knott's parents ... he looks like a kind man. Lucky his wife.


How wonderful that this dog was saved, loved, and has now brought more love and compassion to a young child who, in return, loves Zena. What a blessing animals and children can be to each other!!!


These great stories of all animals melt my heart! I wish I could save them all. Ila


Please stop the nonsense talk. It is a waste of your time and the readers time. Appreciate what animals do for humans. Use your time to be productive and volunteer in the community. Congratulations Xena!!!!

laurel sunnie

all wonderful stories!!! Thank you!!


Stop commenting if you have nothing worthwhile to say--degrading other animals and people have nothing to do with this article.