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Portraits Honor 9/11 Search & Rescue Dogs

(DOG PICTURES/ANIMAL HEROES) Amid the chaos of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nearly 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help find survivors at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites. See the poignant photos of these four-legged 9/11 heroes, who are now all senior citizens, and their stories below. What heroic faces! — Global Animal

Rescue teams composed of dedicated men, women, and dogs spent several days, even weeks, following the Sept. 11th attacks searching for survivors. Photo credit: Barcroft Media

These loyal dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped in the rubble, alongside countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Search and rescue dogs helped service men and women find trapped survivors during the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks. Photo credit: Barcroft Media

Earlier this year, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas located 15 of these heroes and has commemorated them in a touching series of portraits entitled “Retrieved.” Traveling to 12 different states in the U.S., Charlotte photographed the surviving rescue dogs, all well into their golden years, at their homes where they still live with their caretakers a full decade after serving their country during its desperate time of need. Their stories are now compiled in the book “Retrieved,” published in September 2011 for the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted “Retrieved” to serve as recognition for some of the 4-legged first responders.

“I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,” explained Charlotte.

“They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.”

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work on the morning of Sept. 13th with Sheila McKee and was deployed for 11 days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Tuff arrived in New York the night of Sept. 11th and started working early the next day. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Abigail was deployed on the evening of Sept. 17th, and spent the next 10 days searching for survivors. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with handler Mark Aliberti at the World Trade Center on the evening of Sept. 11th and searched the site for eight days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon working from Sept. 16th to the 27th as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Hoke and handler Julie Noyes were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver, Colorado, on Sept. 24th and searched for five days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Merlyn and handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on Sept. 24th, working the night shift for five days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Kaiser, 12, from Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Bretagne and guardian Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the New York site on Sept. 17th, remaining there for 10 days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Tara, 16, and handler Lee Prentiss from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of Sept. 11th and remained there for eight days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

Also see: In Memory Of Sirius, Only Police Dog Killed In 9/11 Attacks

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2 Responses to Portraits Honor 9/11 Search & Rescue Dogs

  1. Deb October 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    What amazing and wonderful champions our canines friends & rescurers are!!!

  2. Marco Ercole September 11, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I veri amici dell’uomo..