American Humane Association Honors Vets, Service Dogs This Veterans Day

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Nov 10, 2011 BY Eric Gravley
First Ever Hero Dog Awards Show airs November 11 on the Hallmark Channel

As Veterans Day 2011 approaches American Humane Association organized a Capitol Hill Event November 7, 2011, a Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash to honor human and canine veterans alike and also to highlight the first ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards show, hosted by television star Carson Kressley, which will air November 11, Veterans Day, on the Hallmark Channel 8pm ET/PT.

Two Hero Dog Award winners, Military Working Dog Bino C152 and K-9 Sage, were at the Capitol Hill Event hosted by Rep. James Moran of Virginia who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. Also attending was 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson, whose dog Roselle led Hingson, who is blind, down the stairs of World Trade Center Tower 1 to safety. Each of these highly-trained service animals won an American Humane Association Hero Dog Award at this year's ceremony. Bino won in the Military category, Sage won in the Search and Rescue category, and Roselle won the overall Hero Dog Award. Five other hero dogs won in the Rescue, Hearing, Guide, Therapy, and Law Enforcement Dogs categories.

Fifth Estate Communications, the strategic advocacy communications firm led by Scott Ward, brought Planet Vox onto the team to help with video production of the Capitol Hill Event and online delivery of the project's media assets.

Planet Vox shot the Capitol Hill Press Event in P2-HD video, and edited and uploaded same-day coverage of the event to an online media content delivery webpage on Goodfootage.org. Planet Vox helped to gather, organize and prep media assets for delivery on the page, which offers video in efficiently-compressed yet high-resolution H264 file formats. The webpage offers news and educational producers access to HD and SD video, photographs, logos, and press releases in the run-up to the premiere of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Planet Vox also worked with Fifth Estate and American Human Association to edit a short video featuring the Capitol HIll Event for distribution on YouTube, titled 4-Legged Heroes: 2011 American Hero Dogs Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association, says in the video, "American Human Association is here to pay tribute to the veterans, on both ends of the leash, our military working dogs and their handlers, who've served their country with pride, courage, valor, and honor every single day. And America salutes you."