Remembering the Dogs of 9/11

Remembering the Dogs of 9/11

Remembering the Dogs of 9/11

When 9/11 hit, first responders were on the ground immediately to rescue survivors. But once the air settled, a second group of heroes stepped up to find victims. The search dogs of 9/11 were able to locate live and deceased victims of 9/11 among the Twin Towers rubble. There were more than 300 dogs that were involved in the rescue efforts. Let's meet some of these four-legged heroes.



Thunder, a search and rescue golden retriever during 9/11 and standing under debris and rubble looking for survivors.


Thunder and his handler flew in from Washington to assist in the search and rescue. Thunder previously did search and rescue for victims and survivors of avalanches and possible drownings in Washington but never something of this magnitude.


9/11 rescue dog, Sage, sitting with her handler

Sage became a FEMA search and rescue dog when she was only 18 months old. Upon arriving for her 9/11 mission, she was sent to work through the rubble of the Pentagon. What she found would make her a legend. Sage sniffed out the body of the terrorist who had flown American Flight 77 into the building which granted her the name, Sage the Wonder Dog.



Apollo, the search and rescue German Shepherd, taking a break on the site of 9/11

Apollo became the first dog to arrive on the scene after the 9/11 terrorist attack. He and his handler, Peter Davis, arrived just 15 minutes after the attack. Apollo was almost killed by falling debris and flames but once he was brushed off by Davis, he was back at it searching for survivors among the rubble!


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