WASHINGTON, DC, November 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, is a strong supporter of fair treatment for animals. She recognizes that they are an integral part of society. People often treat their pets like a member of the family. Animals and humans have a remarkable way of interacting with each other. One of the programs that she has initiated is the American Hero Dog Awards. These awards honor ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things. A recent article
on DogChannel.com shares the story of this year's winner, Elle, a pit bull.
Elle and her owner, Leah Brewer, live in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Elle works as a therapy dog. Together they run a program called "Tail Wagging Tales." She goes into schools and supports children as they become better readers. Her calm, friendly demeanor makes her an ideal companion. Sitting quietly, she helps children to gain confidence in their reading skills because she does not judge. She just listens.
Elle also helps to cheer people up and reduce their fear in dogs. She not only visits with children in elementary and middle school, she also spends time at local nursing homes. Her fun-loving spirit can bring a smile to anyone's face. Unfortunately people often have mixed feelings about pit bulls. They hold a reputation for having an aggressive nature. For many pit bulls, however, this is not true. The American Temperament Testing Association gave them an 85 percent passing rate. The average passing rate for all breeds is 82 percent. The dogs are put in a variety of situations, and as soon as they display aggression or panic, they fail. Brewer is hopeful that Elle's recognition will help people to see pit bulls in a more positive light.
Choosing a winner for the American Hero Dog Awards is not an easy task. Out of all of the applicants, the pool is narrowed down to just eight finalists and one winner. People submit stories of amazing dogs from across the country. Each one is doing something outstanding to help others. Robin Ganzert explains in the article, "These courageous canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill, aged and afflicted, bringing hope to those who have lost it and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people."
The American Humane Association has long fought against breed-specific legislation. Dr. Ganzert is hopeful that Elle's story will shed light on the amazing things that pit bulls are capable of and how they are changing peoples' lives for the better. The American Hero Dog Awards will air on the Hallmark Channel on October 30, 2013 at 8 p.m. Robin Ganzert encourages people to tune in to find out more about how ordinary dogs are making an extraordinary difference.
Robin Ganzert began her leadership role at the American Humane Association in 2010 and serves as the president and CEO. Since that time she has used her knowledge, passion, and experience to implement numerous initiatives and help the organization to thrive. In addition to the American Hero Dog Awards she has also played an instrumental role in developing other programs such as: No Animals Were Harmed, Red Star, Wags4Patriots, and Humane Heroes Clubs. She is committed to supporting the well-being, wellness, and welfare of children and animals everywhere.