Rescue Hero

Ethan, a rescue dog from Kentucky, inspired the nation by winning the American Humane 2022 Hero Dog Awards. Here is his story.
Words by Zelda Grant | February 23, 2023 | Lifestyle

Ethan was found in a parking lot on a cold January day in 2021 and rushed to critical veterinary care. He was extremely emaciated, weighing only 38 pounds when he should have weighed more than 80. He couldn’t lift his head to eat or drink on his own. Jeff first met Ethan the day he was found. While taking care of Ethan, the two formed a deep bond and Jeff made it official by adopting him. Over the past year, Ethan has brought attention and recognition to shelters and animals all over the country through his story, inspiring people to overcome incredible odds in their own lives. He is just one of many, many rescue success stories highlighted by American Humane. The organization is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, overseeing the humane treatment of more than 1 billion animals across the globe each year. Founded in 1877, American Humane has been “First To Serve” the cause of animals, and for 145 years has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement;