Los Angeles, CA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) broke from tradition and presented its 33rd Annual National Hero Dog Award™ to a cat! Tara, a 7 year old Tabby from Bakersfield, California received the spcaLA National Hero Dog Award™, as well as a year’s supply of cat food, courtesy of PurinaOne®.
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On May 13, 2014, 5 year old Jeremy Triantafilo was playing in the front yard with his mother, Erica and Tara nearby. The next door neighbor’s dog escaped from their yard as they were pulling out of their driveway. The dog charged Jeremy, sunk his teeth into his leg, and pulled him off his bike while violently shaking him. Before Erica even had a chance to react, Tara sprang into action, knocking the dog off Jeremy, and chasing him out of the Triantafilo’s yard.

Tara’s heroic act was caught on the family’s security camera. Jeremy’s father, Roger uploaded the video to YouTube and Tara instantly became famous for her act of bravery. To date, Tara’s video has more than 24,000,000 hits.

“We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “A cat who was abused, forgotten, or neglected by her family would not have been as likely to perform selfless, heroic acts to save her companion.”

spcaLA was the first organization in Los Angeles to present an award of this nature, and the spcaLA National Hero Dog Award™ continues to be a testament to how being kind to animals can be rewarding in so many ways.

Tara the Hero Cat

Jeremy Triantafilo