03/03/2012 12:54 pm ET

NJVMA's Animal Hall Of Fame 2012

Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) honors the state's bravest, most compassionate and affectionate animals in its Animal Hall Of Fame awards. Past winners have included a 'kissing pony,' a two-legged Chihuahua who fundraises for disabilities and a dog who saved a woman having a heart attack.

"Animals are a special part of our everyday lives. The (awards) give all animal lovers a chance to celebrate the uniqueness of the human-animal bond," said Dr. Peter Falk, Chair of the Animal Hall Of Fame Committee in a press release.

This year's winners include a rescued dog who now administers therapy, a stray cat who comforts people at a veterinary office and a Westminster Kennel Club winner who works with veterans.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 4.

Check out our slideshow of New Jersey's animal heroes.