To the 9/11 hero dogs! We salute you! You will always be remembered!
It has been fourteen years since the 9/11 attacks and the tragedy will forever live in hearts of people worldwide.
During the chaos, almost 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners helped scour Ground Zero for survivors. The hero dogs worked tirelessly searching for life beneath the rubble.
Most of the search and rescue dogs who participated were Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.
In 2011, Charlotte Dumas took photos of some of the then-surviving 9/11 canine heroes and published them on a book called Retrieved.
“I found the dogs, I retrieved them, they were there to retrieve the victims, it is nicely rounded,” Charlotte said during the exhibit at the Julie Saul Gallery NYC opening on the same year. “I traveled across the United States to meet with the owners and portray the dogs. They are all retired and I spent time with each of their handlers learning about their experiences.”
Most of the 9/11 dog heroes have crossed the rainbow bridge. But for the amazing work that they did,it is with great pleasure that we recognize them on this day.
Meet some of the 9/11 dog heroes!
Yellow Labrador Hoke and his handler Julie Noyes were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24. The partners searched for five days.
Bretagne is still alive today! The 9/11 hero Golden Retriever recently turned 16. She was formally retired from search and rescue work at age 9. Nowadays, she still uses her skills in classrooms, helping kids with special needs.
This German Shepherd was supposed to receive the 2001 ACE Award for Canine Excellence in Law Enforcement on September 11, 2001 when he was called into action to save lives at Ground Zero. He was the first search dog to arrive at the scene. In 2006, Appollo passed away a hero at age 14.
Moxie was a chocolate Labrador Retriever from Winthrop, Massachusetts. She arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight straight days.
Tara was then a 6-year-old black Labrador from Ipswich, Massachusetts. She arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th with her handler Lee Prentiss. They were there for eight days.
Kaiser, a German Shepherd from Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched high and low for people in the rubble. Kaiser was two years-old at the time.
Guinness was 5 years-old when he started work at the site. From Highland, California, the Labrador and his owner Sheila McKee arrived at the site on the morning of September 13 and were deployed there for 11 days.
Abigail, another black Labrador, was deployed at the site on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days.
Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24. The black Labrador and handler worked the night shift for five days.
Red was a six-year-old black Labrador from Annapolis, Maryland. He went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.
This black Labrador arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack. This determined dog started to work early the next day.
Scout and another unknown search-and-rescue dog rest among the rubble at Ground Zero. They are just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.