Crufts is asking members of the public to vote for their favorite in the Kennel Club Hero Dog Award. Five finalists have been submitted and the winner will be crowned the UK’s Most Heroic Dog at Crufts 2023.

The Kennel Club and awards ambassador Kay Burley revealed the shortlisted dogs and urged the public to vote here for the four-legged friend they would most like to receive the award. The annual award, supported by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, celebrates the unique relationships people have with their dogs and the vital role man’s best friend plays in our lives.

The winner will be announced by Sky presenter Kay Burley at the Resorts World Arena at the Birmingham NEC on Sunday 12 March, the final day of Crufts. This year’s award also honors the dogs involved in the search and rescue mission in Turkey and Syria after the catastrophic earthquake. These heroic teams will be recognized at Crufts for their bravery and dedication.

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The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award finalists for 2023 are listed below, in no particular order.

Springer Spaniel Bertie and his fundraising partner Ashley

Ashley Owens, 13, and her dog Bertie from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire have spent more than 650 nights camping in a tent as part of their ‘Sleep Helping Out’ fundraising campaign.

The duo are sleeping under the stars to raise £30,000 to help a volunteer-run charity, Paws2Rescue, on the Ukrainian border, helping find shelter for pets and owners and providing essential supplies to Ukrainians. The charity also provides shelter for stray dogs and is building a site with a play area, shelter and veterinary clinic where minor treatments and neutering will take place to reduce the hundreds of thousands of stray dogs.


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