While much of the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero was done by humans, search and rescue dogs also lent a hand.
Now 20 years ago, search and rescue teams were sent to the World Trade Center, which collapsed September 11, 2001. Nearly 10,000 emergency rescue workers worked tirelessly at all the terrorist attack sites, including 300 search and rescue dogs. We should always remember the search and rescue dogs of 9/11 and their heroic efforts.
Watch: Remembering the Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11
Watch: Remembering the Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11 to see the rescue dogs who lent a paw to the recovery efforts. The video is a wonderful tribute to those dogs who were heroes. Unfortunately, so many children lost parents that day, and spouses never returned home.
Dogington Post also wrote a wonderful collection of stories about the search and rescue dogs sent to the site, and they will never be forgotten. Here's a snapshot, thanks to their wonderful piece.
- Bretagne: She worked at Ground Zero for ten days, both rescuing survivors and recovering bodies.
- Riley: Trained to find live people, this dog provided comfort for everyone there.
- Coby & Guinness: They were there for 11 days, pulling 12-hour shifts, and worked together.
- Appollo: This dog was the first to arrive at the site arriving 15 minutes after the attack.
- Thunder: A search and rescue dog that specialized in avalanches and possible drownings.
- Sage: Was at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks and sniffed out the body of the terrorist responsible.
- Trakr: This dog found the last survivor of the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center.
- Jake: He worked tirelessly for 17 days at The World Trade Center.
While these nine are just a sampling of the many dogs that helped, there are many more who deserve our gratitude, along with their handlers.
Everyone in New York will never forget seeing these hero dogs every day as they went to work after the 9/11 attacks. Some of the breeds were German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers. Some specialized in finding human remains or trained as search and rescue dogs. Many participated in the rescue operations for many months following the attacks.
How are you spending 9/11 memorializing those we lost? Tell us on our Wide Open Pets Facebook page!
This article was originally published on September 11, 2019.
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