American Humane Hero Dog Awards - 2017 Finalists
Aladdin — Therapy
Charity Partner: Hand in Paw
Location: Haddonfield, New Jersey
"Aladdin was found severely emaciated in 2013, both of his back legs and tail had been broken, missing 12 teeth and with open wounds. I foster emaciated dogs and he came to me. From the moment I met him, his little tail never stopped wagging, despite his horrific condition.
Aladdin had a rough recovery but he overcame the obstacles put before him. He greeted every person with a lot of hope and despite the abuse he suffered, he trusted enough to learn that no one would hurt him again. Within the year he was a certified therapy dog bringing love to everyone he meets.
Aladdin is a Ronald McDonald House Ambassador dog, his favorite duty! He visits schools doing a humane educational, anti-bullying program. He is a trained crisis response dog and spent a week in Orlando last year after the shooting doing therapy visits and fundraising for the Victims Fund. He works with the Philadelphia Police, fundraising for the Fallen Officers Fund and attending the events they do with special needs children. He is an ambassador dog for Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Campaign and together they have raised over 300,000 for rescues and shelters all over. He also works with Veterans and PACT for Animals.
Most importantly he is a model and ambassador for Show Your Soft Side, a nationwide animal abuse campaign, and he is the spokesdog for the rescue I work with, Lilo’s Promise. Lilo’s takes in medical needs dogs like Aladdin.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, Aladdin has taught me that each time I watch him work."