About the Hambone Award®

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Reviewing the hundreds of thousands of pet insurance claims that come in each month, Nationwide noticed an abundance of claims that were unusually quirky. These claims had bizarre tales that exemplified the inspiring strengths of our pets and the harrowing actions of our members and their trusted veterinarians.

Each month, Nationwide employees select one claim as that month’s Hambone nominee. From the pooch that was carried away by an owl to cat that fell three stories and lived to purr about it, these claims are in a league of their own and deserve special attention. All nominees considered for the award are pets that have made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursement for eligible expenses.

The Hambone Award® is named in honor of a Nationwide-insured dog that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to find him! The dog was eventually found, with a licked-clean ham bone and a mild case of hypothermia.
Each year the public will vote for the most unusual claim of the year from these monthly nominees.

Has your pet done something Hambone worthy?


Hall of Winners

Check out all of our previous Hambone Award winners and their bizarre tales.

Previous Winners


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