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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People should be more like dogs. They are loyal and selfless companions. They don't think of themselves all the time like some people who just can't be happy for others. What a wonderful little girl Catherine Hubbard was. She deserves this award for being such a beautiful spirit.


It is really sad.We all read this because we have a connection and a compassion for the ACPAC.Here they announce their dog of the year and "stupid" comments are not necessary....some people are just unbelievable.




Ithink this is a beautiful way to honor such a percious,caring little girl. I am going to give as a love gift from my two grandchildren. They have such a love of animals. MY granddaughter wants to become a vet. God bless this family that have lost a wonderful little girl. May she always be remembered for her love of animals with the shelter being named after her.


Your dane is proven smarter than you. The use of the word slang" aint" meaning a negative followed by a negative "no" thus a double negative use creating a positive. I am sure your dane would never say aint nor use a double negative perhaps your dane should teach you. it is better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt,


May god bless all of us even the haters.


Catherine's story is heartbreaking so lets all donate to the foundation and make her
dream come true. That little girl was a Vet in the making. Sweet dreams little
one. We all will be there for you.


I'm disgusted in the comments by those thinking their dog may be better than the one awarded. There are a ton of dogs in the world that go through abuse, neglect, etc but not every one of them can be awarded. Be thankful for what you have and the animal life you may have helped save. This dog is doing wonderous thing throughout the world with a child, teaching others to rise above. People need to stop being selfish and ignorant and be more thankful and selfless, appreciative and respectful. Not every person or animal in the world has a great life but for those that do... they should count their blessings and then lend a hand.

Tammy Legrande

A woman who cares for cats more then her self,she took in over 150 strays.some from homes were so sick and no cared for,she gave these cats love,food,shelter and vet visits.she uses all of her means and income to help these furry babies.she took in 22 that there owner had passed away and the children wanted to put them down.Terry Webb would not allow this to happen,she took them all and found most happy homes 3 of which now live with me and are my world.she has also saved 5 from being put to sleep on Xmas eve.This woman is my Hero and I am proud to know her and to call har my friend.

Marilyn Byrne G...

I don't see how any dog can be named dog of the year! My dogs are just as good!