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American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards - 2018 Finalists

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Chi Chi — Therapy

Charity Partner: Pet Partners
Sponsor: Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food
Location: Phoenix, Arizona


Chi Chi is a quadruple amputee who is inspiring people all over the world. She was left for dead in South Korea where she was found in a garbage bag with her legs bound, worn to the bone and already necrotized. The only way to save her life was to amputate portions of all 4 of her legs. When she first arrived at our home, she was afraid of people, but with time and lots of love and grace, she realized that she is safe and no one will ever hurt her again. She forgave and decided to trust people again. She quickly adapted to her first set of custom prosthetics and now loves spending her days as a certified Therapy Dog sharing her joy and cheerful demeanor with people of all ages. Recently, she had surgery to remove cancer tumors, so she is a cancer survivor.


When people meet Chi Chi, they are inspired by her courage, perseverance, ability to overcome adversity and her never give up attitude. She exemplifies resilience and forgiveness and openly shares her love and compassion in abundance. Her sweet-tempered and gentle spirit opens people’s hearts and her perceptive spirit senses where her love is needed. When people hear Chi Chi’s story and experience her attitude of joy, they are often inspired to face their challenges with renewed courage and a fresh perspective. Chi Chi brings joy everywhere she goes and her optimism and smile spreads quickly to others. She positively impacts thousands of people all over the world via her online Therapy work through her social media account.

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