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2012 Humane Awards Announced

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 11:30am

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2012 ASPCA Humane Awards. This group of outstanding people and animals includes a rescue dog with more than 5.5 million views on YouTube and a 10-year-old horse advocate who has appeared before Congress.

The 2012 ASPCA Humane Award winners include:

ASPCA Dog of the Year
Abandoned in a trash heap, Fiona, an 11-year-old Poodle mix, was sick, covered in dirt, matted, infested with fleas and blind in both eyes. A Los Angeles-based animal rescue group Hope for Paws, came to Fiona’s aid, and with the help of hundreds of donors all over the world, they raised the funds for Fiona’s surgery. Fiona’s miraculous story of survival has since garnered more than 5.5 million views online, a testament to what can be accomplished when homeless animals get a second chance.

ASPCA Cat of the Year
Scooter the cat was found on the street with no use of his back legs. He was rushed to Harts Run Veterinary Hospital in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. Visitors to the hospital instantly fell in love with the fluffy black and white kitten, and donated funds to purchase him a custom-made wheeled mobility device. Scooter now visits a nursing home and rehabilitation hospital every week and serves as a constant inspiration to the elderly and to patients who lack mobility due to injuries and strokes.

ASPCA "Tommy P. Monahan" Kid of the Year
After hearing about the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter, now 10-year-old Declan Gregg of Greenland, New Hampshire, decided to raise his voice and get involved. Declan started his own blog, Children 4 Horses, to spread the word about horse advocacy issues. His dedication to horse advocacy brought him to the nation’s capital twice in recent months, where he represented more than 1,000 children from the U.S. and abroad by presenting the letters to legislators in Congress.

Meet all the winners of the 2012 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!

And stay tuned to the blog for photos from the annual Humane Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Hartville Group, Inc., on November 8 in New York City.

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Jo Holland

WHY WASN'T THERE A VIDEO FOR SCOOTER? I GET TIRED OF DOGS GETTING THE MAJORITY OF ATTENTION. THERE ARE MANY INCREDIBLE CATS BUT THEY SELDOM FIND MUCH PR. MOST CATS DON'T ADJUST TO NEW SITUATIONS AS QUICKLY AS DOGS. THEY ALSO OFTEN ARE ATTACHED TO JUST ONE OR A FEW PEOPLE..NOT LIKE MOST DOGS THAT GO TO ANYONE THAT GIVES THEM ATTENTION OR FOOD. THAT'S WHY SO MANY CATS ARE PUT DOWN IN SHELTERS. BECAUSE THEY ARE SCARED, WHEN THEY COME IN, THEY ARE TERMED "UNADOPTABLE" AND NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO ADJUST. YOU TUBE VIDEOS HAVE BECOME GREAT AMBASSADORS TO SHOW JUST HOW AMAZING, CLEVER AND FUN CATS CAN BE. THANKS YOU TUBE

Jo Holland

WHY WASN'T THERE A VIDEO FOR SCOOTER? I GET TIRED OF DOGS GETTING THE MAJORITY OF ATTENTION. THERE ARE MANY INCREDIBLE CATS BUT THEY SELDOM FIND MUCH PR. MOST CATS DON'T ADJUST TO NEW SITUATIONS AS QUICKLY AS DOGS. THEY ALSO OFTEN ARE ATTACHED TO JUST ONE OR A FEW PEOPLE..NOT LIKE MOST DOGS THAT GO TO ANYONE THAT GIVES THEM ATTENTION OR FOOD. THAT'S WHY SO MANY CATS ARE PUT DOWN IN SHELTERS. BECAUSE THEY ARE SCARED, WHEN THEY COME IN, THEY ARE TERMED "UNADOPTABLE" AND NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO ADJUST. YOU TUBE VIDEOS HAVE BECOME GREAT AMBASSADORS TO SHOW JUST HOW AMAZING, CLEVER AND FUN CATS CAN BE. THANKS YOU TUBE

Jo Holland

WHY WASN'T THERE A VIDEO FOR SCOOTER? I GET TIRED OF DOGS GETTING THE MAJORITY OF ATTENTION. THERE ARE MANY INCREDIBLE CATS BUT THEY SELDOM FIND MUCH PR. MOST CATS DON'T ADJUST TO NEW SITUATIONS AS QUICKLY AS DOGS. THEY ALSO OFTEN ARE ATTACHED TO JUST ONE OR A FEW PEOPLE..NOT LIKE MOST DOGS THAT GO TO ANYONE THAT GIVES THEM ATTENTION OR FOOD. THAT'S WHY SO MANY CATS ARE PUT DOWN IN SHELTERS. BECAUSE THEY ARE SCARED, WHEN THEY COME IN, THEY ARE TERMED "UNADOPTABLE" AND NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO ADJUST. YOU TUBE VIDEOS HAVE BECOME GREAT AMBASSADORS TO SHOW JUST HOW AMAZING, CLEVER AND FUN CATS CAN BE. THANKS YOU TUBE

Lori Sanchas

I made the mistake of watching the video at my desk in the office and I starting crying. How could anyone ever treat a dog or any other animal like that. Thank you thank you for giving Fiona her life back and for the family that adopted her. She is a blessed dog.

Cissy

I'm just so grateful that the ASPCA was not in charge of Fiona's recue, she wouldn't have lived until the next day if they were. How are you folks doing on that 90%+ kill rate in the ONE and ONLY shelter you operate?

What a worthy winner, and a very lucky dog. Bless her rescuers.

Amanda

I watched Fiona's rescue video very soon after it was published and, as always when watching Eldad's videos, I wept. Tears of sadness at first - that people can be so very cruel and heartless but then ... tears of joy as the story developed. Eldad and Audrey at Hope for Paws along with their friends at the Bill Foundation and others work so hard and with so much love, they never never fail to impress me. I love them all and follow their efforts avidly, sharing their videos and posts lovingly. I live in the UK and will never get to meet these people that I have grown to love but I am so utterly thrilled that they get some much needed credit and attention through Fiona's win. Bless you all!

Jessica

ASPCA didn't make the Fiona video. That was a video her rescuer put together and posted. Not to diminish the incredible work of Scooter's rescuers, but it is not the ASPCA's fault their is no video available of Scooter. For those of you curious to read more about the brave little cat please follow the link www.post-gazette.com/stories/sectionfront/life/pet-tales-paralyzed-therapy-cat-inspires-patients-256581/

Liz Cardenas

Beautiful story, a true lesson of love and compassion. Keep the good work in favor of our four legged friends!

Alida du Preez

An amazing story....this blind doggy is surely the bell of the ball....God bless all concerned in saving his life!!!!

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