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Meet This Year's ASPCA Humane Award Winners

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Since the 1980s, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has given out the annual Humane Awards. This award honors inspirational animals and people who are doing exceptional work in supporting the ASPCA’s mission to provide  effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The awards also recognize animal heroes who, over the past year, have demonstrated extraordinary efforts and a commitment to animal welfare.

The 2017 Humane Awards recipients are quite a diverse bunch of animal lovers. They include:

  • a service dog lending support to Boston Marathon bombing survivors
  • a brave fifth grader standing up for animals
  • a nonprofit rescue group working to assist working military and police K9s
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"The ASPCA Humane Awards celebrates acts of heroism inspired by the unique and loving bond between people and animals," says ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. "Honoring and sharing these life-saving efforts helps elevate the level of compassion in our society, thereby strengthening our animal welfare laws."

The Humane Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, November 16 in New York City. Six animal lovers took home awards for their good work in 2017.

Launch the slideshow to learn more about the 2017 ASPCA Humane Awards winners.

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