Here’s to our local heroes that Seattle DogSpot wrote about in 2016!

January 2016
After four years, a stray dog in an Eastern Washington town was finally captured. Molly the dog was rescued by heroes who were dedicated to help her. Read more here.

A bill to create an animal cruelty registry in Washington was introduced in Olympia. Read more here.

February 2016
A “free pet store” gave food and supplies to Seattle’s homeless dog owners. Helping Homeless Hounds provided a one-day free pet store for low-income and homeless pet owners at the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle. Read more here.

Image from Pets of the Homeless

March 2016
Helping Homeless Hounds planned a summer pet food and supplies drive for Seattle’s homeless and low-income pet owners. Read more here.

An East Pierce Fire and Rescue Chief saved a dog from a burning car in Bonney Lake. Chief Bud Backer saved a 7-year-old pit bull mix named Cora. Read more here.

A therapy dog helped a Snohomish boy heal after his mother’s death. Read more here.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe saved the day for 53 Norwegian sled dogs. The Nisqually Tribe provided refuge to sled dogs who were returning from the Iditarod. Read more here.

April 2016
Thurston County’s new Courthouse Dog comforts crime victims. A dog named Marshall the dog provides comfort and support to crime victims and their families. Read more here.

Seattle firefighters reunited a family with their dog after their RV rollover accident. Read more here.

Bikers escorted a bomb sniffing dog on her last ride. Marine Lance Corporal Lance Moseley served several tours in Iraq with his bomb sniffing K9 partner, Sergeant Canvas, a black Labrador retriever. Read more here.

A Spokane MD performed an emergency surgery on a dog who was shot in the face. Read more here.

Ovarian cancer sniffing dogs are “women’s best friend.” Read more here.

Highlighting the wonderful work of Old Dog Haven. Read more here.

A rescued bloodhound joined the Spokane Police Department to track missing children. Read more here.

May 2016
The Prison Pet Partnership in Gig Harbor expanded its service dog training program. Read more here.

Photo from Prison Pet Partnership

A Seattle International Film Festival movie follows a man’s work to train shelter dogs to be search and rescue dogs. The movie, entitled Searchdog, follows an internationally renowned K9 search and rescue specialist as he turns “unadoptable” dogs into the next generation of search dogs. Learn more here.

July 2016
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center provided life-saving treatment to a two-year-old rescue dog with lymphoma. Read more here.

August 2016
Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week! Read more here.

A teenager single-handedly worked to build a dog park in Stanwood. Landon McInelly, 14, decided to build the park for his Eagle Scout Project. Read more here.

September 2016
The Washington State Patrol gets some new bomb sniffing K9 officers. Read more here.

A Whidbey Island company has made dog wheelchairs for more than 55 years. Barbara Parkes started her company, K9 Carts, when she worked at a veterinary hospital. Read more here.

October 2016
Be a hero for the dogs: Pet first aid could mean the difference between life and death for your dog. Read more here.

Courthouse Dogs have revolutionized the criminal justice system. Read more here.

“Safe Havens” in Washington allow domestic violence victims to keep their pets. Read more here.

Photo Courtesy of K9 Carts

November 2016
A Seattle-area veteran discussed the importance of her service dog. Veteran Shanda Taylor-Boyd discussed the importance of her service dog, Timmer, after she sustained a traumatic brain injury. Read more here.

December 2016
An Olympia Police K9 held a paw-ress conference to announce his retirement. K9 Melnic had worked for the Olympia PD for 6 years. Read more here.

The Today Show highlighted the work of Old Dog Haven, which has found homes for 4800 dogs since 2006. Read more here.

A University of Washington program envisions a clinic that provides care for the homeless and their pets. Read more here.