New York, NY, September 23, 2001 — FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue teams search for survivors amongst the wreckage of the World Trade Center. (Photo by Andrea Booher/ FEMA News Photo) 9-11 #NeverForget #911 #Remembering911 9/11/2001
The first search and rescue dog on the scene of the World Trade Center disaster on September 11. 2001, was Bear, an 11 year old Golden Retriever. He began recovery efforts immediately, working 18 hour days in the beginning. Rest in Peace, Bear.
World Trade Center, New York September, 21, 2001 — FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue teams search for survivors amongst the wreckage of the World Trade Center while a rescue dog takes a needed break. (Andrea Booher / FEMA News Photo)
The lesser known of New York's canine heroes, comfort dogs, such as this golden retriever, help soothe those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Similar to search-and-rescue dogs, comfort dogs travel to disaster scenes to aid relief efforts. Studies show that people experience physiological changes—such as a drop in heart rate and blood pressure—when they pet animals.
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, over 350 trained search and rescue dogs responded to Ground Zero and the Pentagon.The aftermath of 9/11 saw the largest deployment of SAR (search-and-rescue) dogs in U.S. history.