Four Hero Dogs Inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame


This is the 47th year that these awards have been handed out.

The 2015 winners are:

Badger from Elgin, ON

Badger is an 11-year-old Lab-Rottweiler mix and was found abandoned in the woods as a puppy over 10 years ago. His rescuer, Derik Hodgson, was in turn rescued by Badger when he fell on the ice and was unable to walk.

See Badger’s story here.

Bella from Windsor, ON

Rob Sheardown adopted Bella, an Anatolian Shepherd, from the Windsor/Essex Humane Society. Bella led Rob to an elderly man in their apartment building lobby who was suffering from a heart attack.

See Bella’s story here.

Sako from Kanaka Bar, BC

Sako is a four-year-old King Shepherd who saved his young family member, Joseph, following a tragic car accident in which they were the sole survivors.

See Sako’s story here.

Nettle from Cambridge, ON

Nettle is a two-year-old Yellow Labrador service dog, a graduate of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Nettle monitors the health of twin sisters who were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease, saving their lives on more than one occasion.

See Nettle’s story here.

Better Together Award

Your pet doesn’t need to have saved your life to be your hero. We want to hear your story of how your pet is a hero to you, and changes your life. There’s a chance your pet could be honoured at next year’s Purina Animal Hall of Fame!

Nominate a Hero

Do you know of a pet or service dog that has helped save a human life? We want to hear from you. Please send us your story and nominate a hero. The special cat or dog you tell us about might be inducted to the Purina Animal Hall of Fame™.

Watch this year’s ceremony here.