Top Pet People Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

Petside.com just released their second annual "Top 25 Pet People of the Year" list, and both celebrities (you may be surprised!) and everyday animal heroes have been recognized.

The top spot went to David Frei, who is known for co-hosting the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Wendy Toth, Editor of Petside.com, said in a press release, "We are honored to recognize David Frei this year, and to highlight the amazing contributions his organization has made to the pet community and beyond." She added, "He joins a stellar group of people -- both celebrity and lesser-known advocates -- to prove a little love can go a long way."

If you're considering gifting a puppy this holiday season, or buying one for your family, check out these tips on how to do it responsibly.

Also, consider being a hero for an animal and visit Petfinder.com or the ASPCA website to learn more about adopting a pet in need of a home.

List and captions courtesy of Petside.com. To view the rest of the 25 Pet People of 2011 list, visit Petside.com.

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