Company launches contest for pet heroes

A New Jersey company is looking for dedicated pet lovers who've gone above and beyond in the service of animal welfare.

Home Again Pet Recovery Service announced a nationwide search for companion animal “Hero of the Year”  who supports the health and well-being of companion animals, whether through their everyday work or volunteer efforts.

HomeAgain, which makes pet microchips and manages a nationwide database of pet information, will make a $10,000 donation in the name of the Hero of the Year award winner, as well as donations in the name of each of the four finalists to Petfinder Foundation, Winn Feline Foundation, Assistance Dogs International or Morris Animal Foundation.

“Given the focus of our business, we feel it’s important to recognize and honor individuals who make significant contributions to help ensure the welfare of animals,” said Gary MacPhee, director and general manager of HomeAgain. “We are proud to establish an award that will spotlight the commitment, compassion and positive impact of those who have made the well-being of animals a priority, and look forward to sharing their stories and triumphs with others.”

The panel of judges includes

Steve Dale, voice of Steve Dale’s Pet World;

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully performed the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, and his wife Lorrie who is an avid animal lover and volunteer with 25 years dedicated to animal organizations;

 Dr. Jane Brunt, DVM, CATalyst Council Executive Director and American Association of Feline Practitioners past president;

 Brian Kilcommons, celebrity dog trainer and spokesperson for animal behavior; and

 Betsy Saul, founder of

Nominations may be submitted online at until July 31, 2013. All required nomination information and program details are available on the site.

HomeAgain and its panel of judges will review all nomination submissions and identify five finalists, which will be featured on the website. The winner will be selected through public voting via the site.

To submit a nomination, you must be 18 years or older. For all official rules, visit

HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service reunites more than 10,000 lost pets with their families each month and has brought more than one million lost pets home.