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Hero Dogs of Sept. 11, 2001

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, over 350 trained search and rescue dogs responded to Ground Zero and the Pentagon. The dogs were extremely important in locating human victims, by using their sense of smell and agility to direct workers to the location of those injured and deceased. The aftermath of 9/11 saw the largest deployment of SAR (search-and-rescue) dogs in U.S. history. In addition, 300 therapeutic dogs were deployed to help comfort people. Among the most popular dog breeds to be used were German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds, Yellow Labradors, Black Labradors, Chocolate Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Portuguese Waterdogs, Belgian Malinois, and Border Collies.

This brief video gives you an insight into the hard work and determination of search and rescuse dogs working on Sept 11th to save as many lives as possible, and provide comfort and consulation that was so desperately needed. 



Ema-- thank you for this.  Very moving. I had no idea there had been this tribute ten years ago.


Ema Hudson's picture

Stories of working dogs who helped on 9/11/01 are detailed in 10 Heroic Dogs .  Some of them were not search and rescue, but therapy dogs who would visit the memorial in the coming days simply to offer support to grieving individuals.  They all make a difference.