Ethan, the 2022 shelter hero dog – American Humane

Ethan was dumped in a parking lot on a cold January day in 2021. He was dying. He weighed only 38 pounds, when he should have weighed more than 80 pounds. He was rushed to the vet. He couldn’t raise his head to eat or drink on his own, and he didn’t take his first steps for six days. However, he never stopped fighting to stay alive. He had an unimaginable determination to keep persevering despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Her incredible will to live inspired thousands of people around the world to follow her story.

Thanks to his courage, Ethan recovered and he had the chance to quickly find his own forever home. Jeff first met Ethan the day he was found. While caring for Ethan, the two formed a deep bond and Jeff immediately made it official by adopting him.

Over the past year, Ethan has brought attention and recognition to shelters and animals across the country through his story. His journey has inspired people to send letters detailing how Ethan’s battle to live on has encouraged them to overcome incredible odds in their own lives. Jeff takes Ethan everywhere he goes, and Ethan instantly puts a smile on people’s faces as soon as they see him.

In addition to helping other animals and people, Ethan saves Jeff every day. Ethan changed Jeff’s perspective on the world and changed his life for the better.

Ethan is the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® Shelter Hero Dog! You can vote for Ethan to be named the 2022 American Hero Dog at! Show your support for Ethan on social media using #HeroDogAwards.