Durango, Colo. (Oct. 2, 2012) â€“ Zuke'sÂ®, makers of all-natural performance pet treats, is proud to be the official dog treat sponsor of the 2012 Hero Dog Awards. The awards were created by the American Humane Association to recognize ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things by giving them red carpet treatment at an award ceremony in Hollywood on Oct. 6.
Broadcasted on the nationwide Hallmark Channel network, the black-tie gala event features the top eight category finalists from the nationally voted competition early this year. The dazzling evening filled with movie stars, video tributes and entertainment will ultimately lead to the announcement of the 2012 Hero Dog Award winners.
â€œSponsoring an event that brings every day canine heroes the recognition they deserve speaks directly to Zuke's commitment to the love and devotion of the canine and human connection,â€ said Zuke's Grant Berry. â€œWe will be at the Oct. 6 event and wish all the Hero Dog nominees the very best. All eight finalists have proven incredible commitment to the well being of humans.â€
In addition to offering the tastiest and healthiest pet treats for dogs and cats, Zuke's is dedicated to giving back to the pet community. A company rooted in pet devotion, Zuke's is active in causes that align with its values. For example, a portion of every Zuke's sale is donated to the Dog and Cancer Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families in need provide their dog or cat victims of cancer the life-saving treatments they need for a longer, happier quality of life. In 2011 alone, Zuke's donated over $40,000 to the fund.
To check out about the Hero Dog Awards please visit: www.herodogawards.org. To learn more about Zuke's please visit www.zukes.com.
Located in Durango, Colorado and named after founder Patrick Meiering's loving Labrador Retriever, Zuke's knows firsthand the value of playing in the outdoors with dogs and cats. To that end, Zuke's is dedicated to creating natural, tasty treats and chews that meet the unique nutritional needs of dogs and cats as well as nourish an active, healthy lifestyle. For over 16 years, Zuke's products have included the finest meats, premium grains, freshest fruits, richest vegetables and oils which keep pets healthy and allow them to perform at their very best. Committed to continuous product innovation and keeping current with the latest developments in health for dogs and cats, Zuke's is a leader in creating unique and functional product offerings. Whether you are hiking with your dog or entertaining your feisty cat, we understand and honor the unconditional love between people and their pets. In memory of his companion, Meiering founded The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (www.dccfund.org) and donates a portion of Zuke's sales to it annually. Learn more about Zuke's by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter @ZukesPets.