Google+ PetsVentura® : A TRIBUTE TO THE 9/11 DOGS


It was the largest deployment of search dogs in U.S. history and possibly the single greatest example of inter-species cooperation in the history of human disasters.

More than 350 dogs lent their snouts to 9/11 search-and-rescue (SAR) efforts at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Approximately 100 were deployed by FEMA, and the remaining 250 included SAR dogs from around the country, NY police dogs, security dogs and volunteers who rushed to the scene as soon as it happened.

The University of Pennsylvania is conducting an ongoing study on the health of 9/11 SAR dogs; however their data is limited to 97 subjects, and while it provides us with valuable statistical information, it can hardly honor the hundreds of others who remain unnamed. Of those 97 dogs who participated in the Penn study, 29 (29.9%) are no longer with us. Twelve (41%) have died of cancer, 2 were struck and killed by cars, and the remaining 15 died by unspecified causes.

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