2018 ACE Winner (Therapy Dog Category): “Kol,” Golden Retriever (Photo:  AKC)
2018 ACE Winner (Therapy Dog Category): “Kol,” Golden Retriever (Photo: AKC)

AKC Heroes: 2020 Awards for Canine Excellence on will explore the stories of fifteen hero dogs as it covers the selection process for the 21st annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.

Airing daily on November 30th – December 4th, this new special will take viewers through the selection process of the ACE Awards as an esteemed panel of judges assesses the nominations of the three finalists in each of the five award categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Therapy, Service, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog. Each episode will be dedicated to one category, with the ultimate honoree for that respective category chosen. The fifteen finalists were carefully selected from a pool of more than 800 impressive nominations.

Award finalists include a Belgian Tervuren who works as a certified water search dog, bringing closure to countless families, a Mastiff who provides love and comfort to his quadriplegic owner, and a Golden Retriever who works as a therapy dog to help children adopted from traumatic experiences connect with their new families, among many other remarkable dogs.

AKC Heroes: 2020 Awards for Canine Excellence will air November 30th – December 4th at 12pm ET each day. Episodes will also be available on-demand following the premiere.

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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