Give Chance a chance
The deadline is approaching to choose the finalists for the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, a nationwide effort to identify and honor the best of our best friends.
Twenty-one heroic hounds in seven categories were chosen by the American public to advance to the semifinals from a field of more than 400 remarkable candidates. Clearing in the Shelter Dog category is Deputy Chance of Cape Coral.
“Chance was a victim of animal abuse in Lee County, Florida,” a release from Hero Dogs states. “The Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the animal cruelty case and used forensics evidence to identify a suspect and subsequently get a conviction. Chance was adopted by Lieutenant Castellon and deputized by Sheriff Carmine Marceno. Deputy Chance is the spokesdog for the public affairs unit at the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Chance was also named a Good Will Ambassador by the county commissioners. He regularly visits schools, hospitals, and community events. He promotes good will, has become an advocate against animal cruelty and helps promote adoption of shelter pets. Deputy Chance is the face of the Deputy Dogs Person Patrol program in Lee County, Florida.”
Animal lovers are invited to visit www.HeroDogAwards.org between now and July 15 to vote once per day in each of seven Hero Dog categories: Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs; Military Dogs; Law Enforcement Dogs; Shelter Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Guide/Hearing Dogs.
The winning dog in each category will take part in the nationally televised Hero Dog Awards this fall and will be celebrated at a glittering gala in their honor in Palm Beach on Nov. 12. All rounds open and close at noon Pacific Time.
“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are our way of honoring the best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO, in the release. “This unique effort brings attention to the life-changing, life-saving power of the human-animal bond – something that has been a core part of our organization’s mission since 1877.”