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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Rosa Caldwell

All dogs are beautiful and they are all heros in my eyes. I can't even imagine a world without dogs or cats. Love them all. We have to stand up and be their voice.


Your right, daz, your "dane" has to be pretty special to put up with a fool like you


This sweet dog deserves the honor, what hell she went through before she was rescued, karma for the aburser is all I ask. I luv you Xena.


Congrats! Xena! xoxo What a sweet face!


I love all animals,but my cat is my heart(as all of them have been) and there is nothing in this world that i wouldn't do for her. Of course to me she is the best,but she is no better or no less than the dog in this picture. I am happy for his achievement. My hats off to the animal control officer for rescuing this fine dog when he was at the brink of death. Also thanks to his owner Chrissy for adopting him from the animal shelter and giving him a furever home!


And by the way,the last 2 cats i had came from an animal shelter and i was so happy to rescue them. The first one was at Animal Control when i lived in Ga. He was a Texas Ragdoll. We did not know this until after i got him and took him to his Dr. He was gorgeous and just as sweet. I lost him this past year 2/10/2013 due to a sudden illness and could not be saved. I was devastated!!

Sharon Goupil

Maybe Daz should be treated the way the dog was and see if he changes his mind.

Sharon Goupil

Maybe Daz should be treated the way the dog was and see if he changes his mind.

Paul Karn

The ASPCA commercials get to me every time. Animals need a voice. If they did, they would say shame on humans. How can people mistreat ANY animal. Even shown on TV I change the channel so my dog doesn't have to see people harming animals. Thank goodness for organizations like the ASPCA. My doggy donated today through me after watching one of the commercials. I hate the commercials, but very effective. Animal lover yes! Human lover, very particular and not so much due to our treatment of others, (including animals).