The Hero Dog Awards is a national competition which recognizes dogs who make a difference in the world, whether its by saving lives, providing therapeutic support to children, or lending sight to their human companion.

The top 8 finalists have been announced for this year’s awards. ¬†You can read each of their stories and cast your vote HERE once per day between now and September 15th, 2014.

Check out this great tribute video for the 2013 Hero Dog Award winner, Elle the Pit Bull.