Know an Animal Hero? Nominate them for the Wodan Animal Hero Award by 4/30!

The Wodan Animal Hero Award was created in 2001 to recognize the courageous and heroic acts of Pennsylvania animals in the preservation and protection of animal or human life. The award was named after its inaugural recipient, Wodan, a Harrisburg City police dog who was injured in the line of duty. Wodan, a Belgian Malinois, and Officer Michael Lamonto responded to a call of an armed person with a gun. Upon reaching the scene, a suspect for another crime was identified. The suspect ran from the scene and Wodan was released to apprehend him and was shot four times. Even gravely wounded, Wodan was able to detain the suspect until the officers could apprehend him.

Recipients since the award’s creation have included the canine members of a search and rescue team from Ground Zero, an explosive detection canine, an off-duty police canine who saved his family from serious harm during a tornado, dogs who saved their family from a coyote attack, a Berks County Sheriff K-9, and four therapy dogs.


Entries for the Wodan Animal Hero Award must be for events that took place between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019.

Entries must be received by April 30, 2019.

An applicant may submit multiple entries in one year.

All entries must be nominated through our nomination form. You will need to include the following information:

  • Name and description of the animal hero
  • Date of occurrence of courageous or heroic act
  • Name of animal’s owner
  • Contact information for the animal’s owner
  • Contact information for the person submitting the entry

Winners will be announced in early July and the awards will be presented during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the 13th Keystone Veterinary Conference on August 15, 2019, in Hershey, PA.

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