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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tracie fonville

hes so cute, but im sure yours is great also


Be nice...

Rose Newman

It is sad that you have an animal that will be subjected to you on a daily basis, grow up.


Guys who bring attention to their "big" dogs do so to deflect attention from their little d**cks.


Are you kidding me? You obviously have not seen the horrible pictures of when Xena was found. She was so emaciated, skin and bones literally. She was not expected to live. It brought me to tears, and anger that anyone can bestow such cruelty to any animal! And now you comment that Xena is no special than your animal? All animals are special, and deserve the love, compassion and care. The reason why Xena has been chosen is due to the fact that she beat the odds. Unfortunately, there have been many cases where animals who have been in the same circumstance as Xena was, did not make it. I believe that Xena has become that beacon of hope that one can beat the odds. And yes, she has become a loving companion to her best friend, the boy with Autism. I'm sure your dane is beautiful, and special. But you should be more compassionate to this story. And like the saying goes, If you have nothing good to say, then don't say anything at all.


Well, daz, if you want people to listen to, comprehend, and possibly even agree with your "statement", you might want to consider using proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Or else they will develop the opinion (mine) that you are an uneducated moron.


Please stop using this message board for nonsense talk. Come on guys.....this is to appreciate animals for who they are and what they do. If you don't have anything nice to say then don't waste time readers time or your time. Be productive and volunteer to help out your community.

Lali Danube

Daz, Your mama know she raised an ignorant child?


You are an idiot


Well, "anonymous" that was terribly productive. Practice what you preach...if you must preach at all.