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The American Kennel Club (AKC) is excited to announce that its popular special, AKC HEROES: 2022 AWARDS FOR CANINE EXCELLENCE, is coming back to ESPN2. This broadcast is scheduled to air on December 11th at 10pm ET. The show will cover the stories of this year’s AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) winners. These annual awards celebrate loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and/or communities.

This one-hour special will take a deep dive into the stories of these five remarkable dogs and why they were selected as this year’s honorees in their respective categories from a pool of over 600 nominations. The five award categories include: Exemplary Companion, Search and Rescue, Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and Uniformed Service K-9.

Hosting the broadcast is Sportscaster, Carolyn Manno with commentary from AKC Gazette Managing Editor, Bud Boccone.

“It’s clear why each of these five extraordinary dogs were selected for this award,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the American Kennel Club. “All five of these dogs have made a profound impact not only on their owners and families, but in their communities as well.”

ACE award recipients in each category will be awarded a donation to a pet-related charity of their choice. The 2022 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence are proudly sponsored by YuMOVE™, the official joint sponsor of the AKC, and EUKANUBA™ premium dog nutrition.

Mark your calendars now for AKC HEROES: 2022 AWARDS FOR CANINE EXCELLENCE airing on ESPN2 and the ESPN app on December 11th at 10pm ET.