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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You ignorant a$$hole. Where on earth do you get off making a comment like that?!? Do you even know what this poor dog endured in the begining?!? Do you even know what she has done to help a little boy who has spent his life in his own little world?!? Do you know that he doesn't spend his life in his own world?!? Do you know that he does things that he has never done before this amazing dog came along?!? I VERY SERIOUSLY doubt that, otherwise you would not have made such an assanine comment like you did. Why don't read up on the story of this amazing boy and dog before you let you mouth get ahead of, what I am sure is not a very big brain. What a jerk you are and heartless/


Your dog might be awesome too but there can only be one title awarded. Glad you have a great dog. You could brush up on your English skills a bit though sweetie. Just saying.


Daz, please put your Dane up for adoption. You are a complete idiot.


why do you have to ruin things for others are u so unhappy within


Wow. This didn't look like the "cool" person you seem to be making yourself out to be. You just look like a heartless moron. You have disgraced your dane with that comment. Way to let your ignorance shine bright for all the world to see.


you don't deserve to have a dog you stupid man. Why don't you go back to school and learn to read and write ?


Wow, your Dane must be so proud...

Heather L Myer

I'd like to nominate Virginia Bartnicki of Hardwood Kennels. She is a very scrupulous breeder who manages to place Chesapeak Bay retriever puppies who are carefully bred and well nurtured before they are sold. Many of her clients are repeats. She also lets her clients know that, if for any reason, they cannot properly care for her Chessies, to bring them back to her. But, Virginia also pursued a couple of homeless strays that were living outside in the bitter Michigan winter in the city of Capac. Every day she would drive in to attempt to save these two young dogs from danger and the elements. Night after night, they would run from her due to their fear of people. But, she kept on trying. Sadly, one of the dogs was hit by a car before she could capture it. But, she was able to finally capture the other frightened and untrusting mixed up black lab who now shares her meager home with all of her other dogs and has learned to love and trust her and is obviously grateful. She also recently went and picked up one of her previously sold adult Chessies who was living on a farm but had become extremely obese. After visiting a number of times and telling the owners that the dog was going to die if they did not eliminate 'Rose' access to various food left where she could get at it. Finally, after visiting one last time, the dog was even fatter, so she took it back. This dog has not only lost all of the excess weight but has won awards in the older adult dog category at dog shows. She takes kindness to dogs to a very high degree no matter what breed they happen to be and will make repeated attemps to rescue them. Virginia is a living angel and all breeders could take a lesson from her. In her case, making money is not her first priority. She spends what little money she has on vet bills and special food for any of her dogs in need. She has a number of other rescue stories, too. This is why I am nominating her for whatever award category you feel is appropriate. Thank you!


God bless you Heather for telling Virginia's story to all that care. I know I do.


thank you Heather for bringing another extraordinary story of other angels on earth who indeed respect and take care of those who has no malice, no voice and give us so much love. those who takes the time to write unpleasant stories they should concentrate in giving love. that is what this world needs!!