In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many heroes emerged. Did you know that many of these heroes were four-legged and fluffy? Among them was Riley, a Golden Retriever whose bravery and dedication made him a 9/11 hero.
I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed at the emotional intelligence of dogs. Their superpower is that they can make you feel better, with a wag of tail, even in the absolute darkest of times.
The Role of Dogs in 9/11 Rescue Missions
It’s often overlooked that dogs provided essential support in the search efforts and brought solace to rescue workers following the 9/11 attacks.
Over 300 dogs, including Riley, were part of the search and rescue operations. These dogs, skilled in search, rescue, and comfort therapy, worked tirelessly alongside their human counterparts.
They faced 12-hour shifts, navigating dangerous terrain, and enduring physical and emotional stress. Despite the grim reality of finding few survivors, these dogs were up for the task.
Author at Animals Around The Globe. BA Gender Studies & Literature
Josie is Swedish but has lived in South Africa for 12 years. She spends as much time as possible in the ocean or hiking in the mountains, no matter the weather. Although she adores all sorts of animals, dogs occupy the biggest spot in her heart – especially her Maltese-Chihuahua named Bootsy.