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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This is beautiful and inspirational.


looks like a sweet dog happy for him and his buddy


My neighbor in Bogota, Colombia has been instrumental in getting the city to forbid the use of horses by "recyclers", low-income people who drive around the city streets in horse drawn carts picking up recyclables. Horses are routinely mistreated, and now they are giving the recyclers trucks in exchange for their horses, and seeking farms in the countryside for the horses to enjoy a peaceful retirement. So far almost 2,000 horses have been rescued and now live in green pastures... Free from lives of stress, pain, and abuse.


I think it is amazing and so heart-warming when our men and women in service overseas get 'adopted' by a stray. The efforts put forward by these soldiers to get their new buddies home prove the character of our service people serving in hostile areas of the world. Sure, there are PLENTY of strays here in the States that need homes, but the bond formed on the battlefield transcends reason and logic.


being vane is so evil all dogs who have been through such ordeals are heroes and yet they show no animosity unlike some humans


daz, I bet that dog has better manners than you that alone is enough to qualify him for Dog of the Year. Idiot.


Love this story it's such a great message for both-God bless them and I wish them many more yrs of that wonderful
friendship. There is no love that matches that of a dog.


Congratulations to the cat of the year. I am so happy for them both.


I really don't know why anyone puts a comment section on anything matter how sweet, exceptional, informative or whatever, it just deteriorates to this. What does that say about society that we can't even read a story about something great, worthwhile and humbling without trying to ruin it?

Let the stupid people make their comments and don't respond. Change the direction of the comments back to positive. Nothing makes negative people more insane than to be ignored.

This is a great story. The ASPCA does heroic work and they should be proud of their awards and everything that they accomplish.

Karen E

Yeah for Xena the warrior dog.. very deserving pup she is !!