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Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™

Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™

Each year, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon honor animals who, through unselfish and courageous accomplishments, exemplify the affection, loyalty, security, public service, and value of the human-animal bond.

The Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ is the second longest running awards program among veterinary organizations in the country. Since the program was started in 1988, the OVMA and the AHFO have recognized dogs, cats, an animal welfare group, a horse therapy group, horses, and one llama! Animals are inducted into the Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ during the Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis. See below for a list of past inductees.

2020 Inductee




Owner: Jeanette Sinclair
Nominated by: Dr. Wendy Labrousse

The Professional award recognizes animals specifically trained for service or assistance.

In mid-October 2019, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a 59-year-old female who had failed to return home from a day of picking wild mushrooms in the rugged terrain near Sunset Bay State Park. The weather was particularly cold and wet, and the woman had been missing for more than 24 hours.

Upon his handler getting the call to duty from the Sheriff’s Office, Auggie, a yellow Labrador, went right to work, tracking and locating the missing woman approximately two miles from where she had last been seen. As a direct result of Auggie’s professional service, the woman was returned safely home.

Auggie is an air-scent search and rescue dog, and is also Coos County’s human remains detection dog. At eight years of age, he has been training since he was a puppy, and has assisted with search and rescue efforts along this stretch of the coast and in other communities. Following the devastating Camp Fire in California in 2018 that nearly leveled the town of Paradise, Auggie and his handler—his human mom, Jeanette Sinclair—were deployed to search for human remains.

Auggie has earned the following certifications:

  • AKC Search and Rescue Wilderness
  • Coos County Wilderness Area Search
  • Human Remains Detection

To add to his impressive list of credentials, Auggie presently is training for certification in Water Human Remains detection.

Auggie also has quite an impressive lineage, too. His biological mother, Leah, was the recipient of our Animal Hall of Fame Hero honor in 2015.

Past Inductees


Recognizes animals who have saved or preserved a life.

  • 1988 Big Red (dog), Sam (cat)
  • 1989 Hadji (dog), Morgan (dog)
  • 1991 Max (dog)
  • 1992 Missy (dog)
  • 1993 Gunner (dog)
  • 1997 Helga & Tad (dogs)
  • 2000 Sheba (dog)
  • 2002 Ceasar (dog)
  • 2003 Pillsbury (dog)
  • 2004 Sunny (dog)
  • 2005 Chassa (dog)
  • 2009 Zar (dog)
  • 2011 Brodie (dog)
  • 2012 Jakob (dog)
  • 2013 Hunter (dog)
  • 2015 Leah (dog)


Recognizes animals who have provided a benefit to their human companions or their community.

  • 1994 Solo (cat)
  • 1999 Project Pooch
  • 2002 Howard (dog)
  • 2003 Jesse (dog)
  • 2005 “Ginger” (dog)
  • 2006 Cassidy (cat)
  • 2007 Daniel (dog)
  • 2008 Gracie (dog)
  • 2009 Ace (dog)
  • 2010 Rusty (dog)
  • 2011 Bosa (dog)
  • 2012 Dottie (dog)
  • 2013 Lily (dog)
  • 2016 Vladimir (cat)
  • 2018 Dante (dog)
  • 2019 Dixie (dog)


Recognizes animals specifically trained for service or assistance.

  • 1990 Sparkle (dog)
  • 1994 Ranger (dog)
  • 1998 Horses for the Physically Challenged
  • 2001 Cajun (dog)
  • 2002 Kate (dog)
  • 2003 Camas (llama)
  • 2004 Rikki (horse)
  • 2005 Gleason (dog)
  • 2006 Snert & Jake (dogs)
  • 2007 Annie (dog)
  • 2008 Butterscotch (horse)
  • 2011 Doc (dog)
  • 2012 Nelson (dog)
  • 2013 Ryerson (dog)
  • 2014 Raido (dog)
  • 2015 Rawhide (dog)
  • 2017 Junior (cat)
  • 2018 Darlin' (dog)
  • 2019 Stetson (dog)
  • 2020 Auggie (dog)

Updated: March 9, 2020