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June 3, 2013

Life-Saving Virginia Bulldog Mix Wins Pets of Valor Award

  • Chilly woke her owner, Heidi Parker, in time for her to get treatment for a life-threatening anaphylatic reaction to a medication. Meredith Lee/for The HSUS

  • Chilly takes in the springtime scenery near her home. Meredith Lee/for The HSUS

  • Chilly knows this is a foolproof way to get treats. Meredith Lee/for The HSUS

  • Chilly takes a little stroll with her owner. Meredith Lee/for The HSUS

  • Heidi Parker gives her Pets of Valor Award winner, Chilly, something special for being on her best behavior. Meredith Lee/for The HSUS

  • Heidi Parker and Doug Miller with Chilly. Meredith Lee/for The HSUS

The heroic efforts of Chilly, a 3 year-old English bulldog mix from Mineral, Va., have earned her The Humane Society of the United State’ Pets of Valor Award. The award celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring rescued or adopted dogs and cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need.

Chilly whined and urgently pawed and licked her owner’s face, waking her from a nap. That’s when Heidi Parker discovered that her throat was swelling shut, a symptom of the life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to the allergy injections she had received earlier that day. Chilly was chosen by the public through online voting.

Betsy McFarland, vice president for companion animal issues at The HSUS said: “We’re honored to name Chilly this year’s Pets of Valor winner. Her story is yet another powerful example of the amazing bond shared by rescued pets and their new families. Heidi gave Chilly a second chance at life and to become her hero.”

Uggie, the highly acclaimed Jack Russell terrier star of last year’s Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” and official spokesdog of the Pets of Valor Award, praised the contestants through a spokesperson: “I want to congratulate Chilly on being selected as the winner of the Pets of Valor Award. Her heroism as well as that of the other finalists, proves once again that adopting or rescuing your next pet can have a huge payoff. You’re not only bringing home a new best friend, but a potential hero too.”

The complete stories of these brave pets’ actions, and photos, are available at humanesociety.org/petsofvalor.

Chilly will receive an original sterling silver pet tag with a bezel set stone by Bella Tocca Tags and a personalized crystal dog figurine by Custom Glass Etching of Los Angeles.

In addition, the Fluvanna SPCA—the animal shelter that cared for Chilly—will receive a one-year supply of dog food (500 pounds) courtesy of BOGO Bowl.

High resolution photos of the winner and finalists are available through the media contact below.

Media Contact:
Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org               

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