Bestselling author Beth Stern and James Denton (“Good Witch,” “Desperate Housewives”) will return to host the 9th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards, a star-studded annual celebration honoring outstanding working dogs from around the country.

The awards gala, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis, will also feature Trevor Donovan (“Love, Fall & Order,” “SnowComing”), Danielle Fishel (“Girl Meets World”), Kellie Martin (“Hailey Dean Mysteries”), Debbie Matenopoulos (“Home & Family”), Cameron Mathison (“Home & Family”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Brandon McMillan (“Lucky Dog”), Barbara Niven (“Christmas in Evergreen,” “Chesapeake Shores”), Roselyn Sanchez (“A Taste of Summer,” “Grand Hotel”), Eric Winter (“A Taste of Summer,” “The Rookie”), and Larissa Wohl (“Home & Family”) as presenters. Additional celebrity participants and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Beverly Hilton and will be broadcast as a two-hour special nationwide on Monday, Oct. 21 (8 pm ET/7 pm CT) on Hallmark Channel.

The evening will recognize seven canine finalists and reveal which dog will be honored with the coveted 2019 American Hero Dog title. A combination of America’s voting, which includes over one million public votes, and a panel of celebrity judges will determine which dog will be named the 2019 American Hero Dog. As previously announced, the category winners competing to be named the 2019 American Hero Dog are:

2019 GUIDE/HEARING HERO DOG sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food – “Leader Dog Lady” from Hamilton, MI
2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT/ARSON HERO DOG sponsored by Zoetis, makers of Simparica® (sarolaner) – “Dax” from Libertyville, IL
2019 MILITARY HERO DOG sponsored by Zoetis, makers of Apoquel® (oclacitinib tablet) – “Sgt. Yeager” from Cary, NC
2019 SEARCH AND RESCUE HERO DOG (sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food) – “Piglet” from Lancaster, CA
2019 SERVICE HERO DOG sponsored by Lulu’s Fund – “Alice” from Nicholasville, KY
2019 SHELTER HERO DOG sponsored by Hallmark Channel – “Gus” from Houston, TX
2019 THERAPY HERO DOG – “Jeanie” from Lake Charles, LA

Over the past nine years, nearly 10 million votes have been cast for more than a thousand dogs seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Betty White, Ariel Winter, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Dean Cain, Katharine McPhee, Alison Sweeney, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristin Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.

For more information about the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, please visit

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