Iowa Animal Hall of Fame

2018 Nominations are now being accepted

How to nominate

Nomination Form for Iowa Animal Hall of Fame
Type written description of why the animal is being nominated and a picture of the nominated animal.
Deadline is August 1, 2018

1. Complete the application on-line.

2. You may wish to explain: How the animal exhibited special abilities when it made a difference

    • How the animal demonstrated unselfish and/or courageous accomplishments
    • Examples of the animal's affection, loyalty and companionship
    • Heroic actions
    • Ways in which the animal provided healthful benefits, confidence or opportunities for exercise, socialization or laughter.

3. Please email 1-3 high quality pictures of the animal to the IVMA office

REMEMBER: Only IVMA member veterinarians may nominate. Veterinarians may not nominate their own animals. To become an IVMA member, go to the Membership area of this web site or call the office at 515/965-9237 or 800/369-9564.

Three remarkable animals were named to the 2017 IVMA Animal Hall of Fame
The IVMA and Merck Animal Health named three wonderful animals as the recipients of the 2017 Animal Hall of Fame awards for their bravery, companionship and professional contributions to people and the community.  Sixty-one animals from across Iowa have been inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame since its inception 19 years ago, including dogs, cats and horses.  The awards were given in three categories: Companion, Hero and Professional.  

The nominating veterinarians were honored at the 2017 Annual Meeting in September in Ames. The winning animals and their owners were honored at an awards ceremony held on April 28, 2018 at the Animal Rescue League’s Raise Your Paw Auction.

This year's 2017 Animal Hall of Fame winners include:  Kayel, a 14 year old Shiba Inu who was owned by Scott Moyer of Ankeny.  Ca[pme, a 2 year old old Miniature Pinscher Mix owned by Isaac and Angela Fullmer and family of Des Moines. Sprite, a 9 year old Golden Retriever belonging to Mrs. Tracy Helton of Eldridge.

Companion Animal Hall of Fame Recipient

Winner: Kayel
Owner: Scott Moyer
Nominating Veterinarian:  Dr. Kristin De Vries of Pet Medical Center of Urbandale

Kayel was chosen as the winner in the companion category as an incredible story of the human-animal bond between the dog and his owner, Scott.  Scott adopted Kayel as a puppy after he was in a near fatal car accident that left him in a wheelchair.  The mischievous dog was full of antics and charm which was a welcome distraction for Scott. Like Scott, Kayel faced many medical challenges and hardships, but the bond between the two of them helped them both to deal with their adversities. In May, Scott had to make the hard decision to end Kayel’s suffering. The pair showed unconditional love for each other and were the perfect example of companionship.

Hero Animal Hall of Fame Recipient

Winner: Capone
Owner: Issac and Angela Fullmer and family of Des Moines
Nominating Veterinarian: Dr. Kimberly Kendall of Ingersoll Animal Hospital in Des Moines

Capone, a stray who was rescued by the Fullmers after wandering along Interstate 235, became a member of the family along with the Fullmers’ nine children. On March 15, 2017 Capone’s relentless barking woke the family when a fire had started in the kitchen, even before the smoke alarms sounded.  Although the family lost their home and its contents, the entire family including Capone, was able to escape unharmed.

Professional Animal Hall of Fame Recipient

Winner: Sprite
Owner: Mrs. Tracy Helton of Eldridge
Nominating Veterinarian: Dr. Abby Bowers of Risius Family Veterinary Service in Eldridge

Sprite is a therapy dog who accompanies Mrs. Helton, a guidance counselor at John Glenn Elementary school in Donahue, to school each day.  Sprite spends her days helping kids who need a little extra incentive to improve their academic performance or behavior. As their reward for meeting their goals, kids get to spend some one-on-one time with Sprite, reading  to her, taking her outside for a walk, feeding and brushing her or just spending time with Sprite to help them calm down. Many of the John Glenn students enjoy snuggling with Sprite, saying, “She makes a great pillow!”  When not serving as a therapy dog for the school, Sprite is at home with the Heltons as their family pet.