The Dogs of 9/11

On the anniversary of September 11, 2001, we take a look at the 9/11 rescue dogs, including that group’s last surviving member.

On the anniversary of the events of September 11, you’re likely to think of a variety of things: where you were when you heard the news, how you felt and much more. At Dog Fancy, we’re also thinking of the dogs who played a role in the aftermath. We’re thinking of the dogs – the canine heroes – of 9/11.



An estimated 500 therapy dogs provided much-needed support during the weeks and months that followed. Hundreds of rescue dogs also offered their services. Several of those dogs have been honored on social media:

All of the search and rescue and therapy dogs of September 11 deserve the honor the social media posts are giving them. Bretagne, the last known surviving 9/11 rescue dog, was a member of Texas Task Force 1. Her job, along with her handler Denise Corliss, was to find and save anyone trapped under the wreckage of the fallen World Trade Center. When BarkPost learned that it was Bretagne’s 16th birthday, they gave her an unforgettable (and very touching) day in New York:

The day was a fitting honor to one of the service dogs of 9/11.


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