Pen Farthing, who founded a nonprofit that reunites soldiers at home with stray dogs and cats they cared for during combat, has been named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year.
“There is no stronger bond between man and dog than that formed during war,” Farthing said at the CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute gala, set to air on the network December 7.
Farthing was awarded $100,000 to support the cause he started after experiencing difficulties trying to bring his dog back to England from Afghanistan, where the two formed an unbreakable bond.
“Speaking from my own experience,” Farthing, 45, said, “I know that the dog I looked after was my saving grace from the stress of conflict.”
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