Hero Dogs of 9/11 Legacy Lives On


In remembrance of the events of 9/11, it's important to acknowledge the heroes that have risen up from the ashes of the tragedy. Not only were there hundreds of volunteer police, firefighters, medical teams, and other countless support responders; there were over 300 teams of dogs and handlers that worked tirelessly to rescue live victims and to bring closure to families of relatives who did not survive.

Unsung Heroes Finally Given Their Due

Up until last year, there was very little recognition for the hundreds of dogs that served in the aftermath of 9/11. An organization called Finding One Another, a Tails of Hope Foundation program, has become a key establishment to rectify this oversight. On the 10-year anniversary of the tragic act of terrorism, they helped to organize a tribute event that honored search and rescue dogs and their handlers.


Finding One Another (FOA) has been a touch point for people who participated in the search and rescue teams to connect to each other. They also work to educate the public, including students, about the importance that dogs play in protecting our country. They seek to offer financial support for expenses incurred for their valuable volunteer service.

Education for the Future

FOA has also put together school programs that inspire kids to consider careers in training, research, or providing veterinary care to search and rescue dogs. This is particularly important since, even with all the advancements in modern technology, there is nothing that compares to the skill set these dogs demonstrate in disaster response teams.

Never Forget


This entry was posted by Mary.
erin on September 10 at 12:48 PM said:

I am so proud of all the service dogs, big or little it does not matter, just the thought that all they want to do is their job and ask for nothing in return. This video brought many tears to my eyes. I will never forget. God Bless America and the men, women and aninals that serve her proudly.
Barbara Baughman on September 10 at 2:56 PM said:

I am still weeping for the proud and dedicated men, women and animals that serve our nation. God bless America and them.
Mary on September 11 at 8:52 AM said:

It is amazing how these people and dogs give of themselves fully. That is the upside of these tragedies. The pain is still there, but the gratitude is more powerful.
Michele on September 12 at 4:21 AM said:

Very moving video. We take so much for granted some times. They are truly mans best friend.
Ruth on September 12 at 1:42 PM said:

Am sending this out to many to remind them too. Beautifully done! My own little 7# doggy has "saved my life" when my husband died earlier this year...and she knows it every minute of the day...that she has a job to do. I saw the bonding, devotion, dedication of both doggy & handler.
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