The Purina Animal Hall of Fame is the longest running Canadian program of its kind, honouring outstanding life-saving acts of animal courage and heroism. The heroic stories gathered through this program highlight the unique bond that exists between people and pets.

This year, Purina took new approach to the program and paid special tribute to each of the inductees within their local communities. For the very first time, each inductee was surprised in their hometown with the news they had been selected. They were also awarded with a medal of honour, $5,000 and a year supply of pet food to commemorate their induction.

2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. As of 2017, 175 incredible animals have been inducted, including 147 dogs, 27 cats, and even a horse.

Check out @PurinaCanada’s 2017 real life #PetHeroes. Watch, enjoy and share their stories!