On the heels of Leo taking over the leash, so to speak, of Dogs on Deployment’s MPOTY title, we have received word that both of our previous title-holders have been nominated for a prestigious honor.
The American Humane Association’s Annual Hero Dog Awards, honors what they call, “often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things,” in eight, distinct categories.
Our 2013 MPOTY, Bram, has been nominated in the Emerging Hero category. The Emerging Hero category is the special category reserved for the ordinary dog who does extraordinary things.
Plus, our 2014 MPOTY, Midas, has been nominated in the Service Dog Category for all of his notable accomplishments working with veterans and service dog training through the Midas Cares program.
Both dogs, if they win in their respective categories, can use their new positions, as platforms to support animal-related causes that are important to them. Each category's winner gets a $2,500 cash prize for the charitable partner of their choice, too! Furthermore, they are a finalist for the grand prize of a $5,000 cash donation to their charitable partner, a total of $7,500.
Both Bram and Midas are hoping to win so they can continue to support Dogs on Deployment, of course; but, they also want to continue with the advocacy issues that got them involved with DoD in the first place.
Specifically, Bram has chosen Pets for Patriots as his charity partner. Pets for Patriots’ mission is to rescue at-risk shelter dogs and cats by pairing them with veterans. With so many special needs animals, large dogs, or adult animals relinquished to shelters every day, Pets for Patriots seeks to ultimately end the homeless animal population, while simultaneously enriching the lives of the veteran population.
Midas continues to work with his service dog training initiatives. His work with DoD has fostered relationships with over 100 service dog-training agencies, and has raised awareness for important issues facing veterans, such as PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Midas, and his dad Juan, are still working tirelessly on their causes. In early March, they spoke to the 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment Alpha Company about the Brain Treatment Center (BTC), about Juan’s life-changing treatment there. Read more about Juan and Midas on their Facebook Page.
We need your help to make sure that our favorite dogs win in their respective categories! Voting opens on March 9th and runs through May 15th.
Please vote for both Midas and Bram to win Hero Dogs of the Year!
Remember: You can vote for each dog, in their respective categories, every day. So, support our former mascots!