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Central Oklahoma Humane Society looking for pet heroes

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OKLAHOMA - Do you know any adopted cats or dogs that have done something heroic, such as saving a human’s life or making a difference through community service?

If so, Central Oklahoma Humane Society wants to honor and recognize these furry pets at their “Hero Awards,” scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, located at 1 Park Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City.

From a golden doggy with bright eyes, a puppy with the cutest whine, to a curious spotted kitty, animals waiting for adoption could impact your life.

"Adopted pets are heroes in our lives every day," said Susana Della Maddalena, President of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society wants to recognize these pet heroes through a nomination process.

"We're looking for dogs or cats that have been adopted that are from Oklahoma," said Della Maddalena.

There are three categories for hero awards; surviving insurmountable odds, saving the life of a human or other animal and providing service to the community.

Animals like Deuce, a black & white cat beating all odds.

"He was found living in the woods after living on his own for a month," said Della Maddalena.

Deuce lost his hind legs and part of his tail, somehow finding a way to adapt.

'He's come such a long way. He's the most loveable cat," said Stephani Coker, adopted owner.

A dog named Hanna is also an example of a hero.

Hanna recently graduated from the "Guardian Angels," a program at a correctional facility in Harrah.

"We send dogs that need some additional training into the Mable Bassett facility and the inmates actually work with them and train them,” said Della Maddalena.

"When you come to prison, you build a wall to protect yourself, guard yourself and it's really helped lower that wall and feel emotions you haven't felt for ages,' said inmate Nancy Tinnin.

Ultimately, the "Hero Awards" are to raise awareness about adoption through a fostering program and to save more pets.

To nominate a pet, applications are being accepted now through August 24th at 11:59 p.m.

Forms can be downloaded at or picked-up in person at the OK Humane Adoption Center located at 7500 N. Western Ave in Oklahoma City.

Also check out the “OK Humane Heroes” application on your smart phone which can be downloaded in the Apple or Google Play stores.