Pet Hero Awards

The 2017 Pet Hero Awards celebrates the special bond between pets and their humans, while honoring the acts of extraordinary or everyday heroism selflessly performed by our furry (and not so furry) friends. The Roanoke Valley SPCA is searching for Pet Hero nominations! Whether it’s a cat that helped its owner through the loss of a loved one, a bird that alerted its owners to fire danger, a dog that signaled to its owner an oncoming seizure or a dog that searched through devastation of a flood for survivors, honor your pet in the 2017 Pet Hero Awards.

Be sure to check out the official rules.

Pets may be nominated in four difference categories:
Human Service Field – Such as Active Service Pets, Therapy Pets, Guide/Hearing Pets.
Active Duty Working Pet – Such as Current Law Enforcement Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Arson Dogs.
Heroic Pet – Such as a pet who prevented or saved a human from harm.
Everyday Pet Hero – Such as pets having a unique story and accomplishment that is outstanding to helping their owners or other humans.

Nomination Period: Beginning January 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST and ending on March 10, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST

Open to residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Town of Vinton and City of Salem.

To Qualify, entrants must submit the following:
1) 2017 Official Pet Hero Awards Entry and Release Form
2) Official Narrative Description (part of Entry Form)
3) Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Public Release Form
4) Daytime Blue Ridge Booking Form

5) Official Rules Acknowledgement Form
6) One photograph of pet only (required)
7) One photo of pet with their owner (optional).

Category Winners – Chosen by panel of judges. Category Winners (one in each Category) announced at Roanoke Valley SPCA Tail Chaser 5K on March 25, 2017. All entrants must check in at Pet Hero Awards registration table by 10:30 a.m. Category Winners must be present to win (with or without pet).  Each Category Winner/Grand Prize Finalist must appear on Daytime Blue Ridge during Pet Hero Week (April 3-7, 2017). Finalists must contact Joanna Heims, Daytime Blue Ridge Producer to schedule interview at or (540) 512-1260.

Grand Prize Winner – Chosen by panel of judges. Winner announced at Roanoke Valley SPCA Puppy Love Ball on May 20, 2017. All Grand Prize Finalists must be present to win (without pet).

Category Winners – Two tickets to Puppy Love Ball on May 20, 2017 valued at $200.
Grand Prize Winner – 2017 Local Pet Hero Award trophy, and other prizes not to exceed ($300).

Entrants, Category Winners and Grand Prize Winner information will share on Roanoke Valley SPCA social media sites, and Category and Grand Prize Winners will be announced on Roanoke Valley SPCA social media/websites and Daytime Blue Ridge show and social media.