American Humane Assn. to fete thesp

Now this will make Pontiac proud.

Betty White will add two kudos to her long list of accolades when she is feted Saturday by the American Humane Assn. as part of its Hero Dog Awards.

The indefatigable thesp will receive the org’s National Humanitarian Medal and its Legacy Award at the ceremony to be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth at the BevHilton. The awards recognize White’s years of dedication to promoting animal welfare issues and the importance of shelter adoptions.

“I’m excited that American Humane Assn. has given a starring role to our nation’s most courageous canines by creating the Hero Dog Awards, which celebrate the incredible bond between people and animals, and how important we are to each other,” White says. White has shared her Brentwood home with a slew of furry friends over the years, most recently Pontiac, a golden retriever.

To celebrate her 90th birthday this year, White has pledged to match up to $25,000 in charitable contributions made to the AHA’s Red Star Rescue teams that provide emergency aid to animals affected by natural disasters and catastrophic events.

Chenoweth is also an animal welfare advocate who founded the nonprofit org Maddie’s Corner to benefit shelter pets. She was a judge at last year’s kudos, which will crown one canine as American Hero Dog of the year from a pool of eight finalists who work in various service categories. The ceremony will air Nov. 8 on Hallmark Channel as part of its Pet Project initiative.

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