Hooch the Pooch for 2016 Hero Dog Awards
Hooch is an animal cruelty survivor competing to win the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards and a $7,500 donation to Pets for Patriots.
If awarded the top prize Hooch’s victory will fully fund 30 veteran-pet adoptions through our program. The big, lovable pooch won the 2016 Hero Dog Awards Emerging Hero category. He bested 62 other amazing candidates representing our charity, all with wonderful stories of resilience. We’re grateful to every dog who competed on our behalf, each winners in their own right.
As for Hooch, the big dog’s story is bittersweet: rescued from a cruelty situation, the French Mastiff has badly cropped ears, a broken tail and no tongue. Yet like so many animals who are victims of cruelty and abuse Hooch loves people, and has a sunny disposition that belies the darkness of his previous life.
By the time he was freed Hooch was 35 pounds underweight, and was starving and malnourished. Because his tongue had been removed he was unable to eat or drink water. If Hooch had not been rescued and given immediate medical care he would have most certainly died.
Hero Dog Awards a symbol of resilience
But Hooch not only survived, he prevailed.
Thanks to the compassion of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, Hooch is a source of inspiration to others and works as a therapy dog. While he loves any opportunity to share his slobbery love, Hooch particularly enjoys working with non-verbal autistic children, as well as those who are abused or have special needs.
We love Hooch for the resilience he shows in the face of adversity: a trait exemplified by so many of our veterans who overcome wounds – seen and unseen – as a result of their military service. Each is a shining example of triumph over adversity.
You can help Hooch win the 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Awards by voting daily through August 24, and each time you vote share his story – and call to vote – with at least three friends.
CLICK HERE to vote not just for Hooch, but for every one who has overcome a difficult past and emerged the better for it.