The Arizona Humane Society is top dog nationwide.
The Valley-based animal shelter announced Thursday it will receive the 2004 Shelter of the Year award the night before the Westminster Dog Show in New York City.
The humane society beat more than 100 other agencies nationwide for the award, which humane society spokeswoman Kim Noetzel called prestigious.
"It’s having a wonderful effect on our staff and volunteers," Noetzel said. "I see our staff and volunteers just brimming."
Noetzel said they’ve already been e-mailed congratulations by animal shelters and agencies across the United States.
"It certainly propels us into the national spotlight," she said.
Noetzel and humane society president and CEO Cheryl Naumann will attend the banquet Feb. 12.
The award judges cited the 37,000 animals that come through the society every year as well as special programs, such as the Second Chance Animal Hospital and the state’s only emergency animal medical technicians.
The award is sponsored by Arm & Hammer and pet product firm Lambert Kay.