Dog competition

Milford Therapy Dog is a finalist in the American Humane Hero Dog Contest – NBC Connecticut

A Milford therapy dog ​​could be the American Humane Society’s next hero dog. Jeffrey is a finalist in the shelter dog category.

The 13-year-old pit bull was rescued in 2010 by his owner, Michele Houston, from Manhattan Animal Care and Control’s euthanasia list.

“I shared his message and I kind of had a jolt inside me. And I came back and looked at him. I said, ‘I have to adopt him’ and my boyfriend said, ‘No , we’re not going to have a Pitbull.’ And then he went to a football game,” Houston said.

Houston then went to adopt Jeffrey, and they’ve been best friends ever since.

In 2012, Jeffrey became a therapy dog. That same year, he visited students in Newtown after the Sandy Hook school shooting. Jeffrey’s Joy of Giving Donation Drive is held each December in honor of the victims of Sandy Hook.


Michelle Houston

Since Jeffrey became a therapy dog ​​10 years ago, he has spent countless hours as a shoulder to lean on and making people smile.

“He really has a very special soul and he’s gentle and kind. He had no training when I first got him. He didn’t know anything. He didn’t know how to sit. He sat on my face, he had no idea,” Houston said. “He was 100 percent trained without strength.”

Jeffrey also holds nearly 60 titles in three different dog sports.

“In 2019, he became the first Pitbull to achieve the highest performance in the sport of rally obedience. He competed in the World Cynosport Rally,” Houston said.



Michelle Houston

The deadline for him to qualify for the semi-finals in the shelter dog category at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards is July 22.

If he wins the shelter dog category, he will go to the hero dog awards in November, where he would have a chance to be the American Humane Society’s next hero dog.

You can vote for Jeffrey by click here.