Brave Furry Heroes Helping People in Time Of Crisis
There are always furry heroes working diligently to help people in time of uncertainty and disasters.
It’s been 15 years since the hijacked airplanes hit the twin towers in New York.
As the anniversary approaching we at TEAM Pet Supply remember the lost and fallen heroes that sacrificed so much that day and after. Sirius was the only Police K-9 to be killed in the terrorist 9/11 attack. New York City has built a tribute to remember and honor him, Sirius Dog Run. The leash free dog park is located in Battery Park along the Hudson River and enjoyed by many. This is a heart warming tribute to Sirius’ memory who served faithfully until his final day.
It is estimated that over 900 canines lent a paw in New York following the attack. Over 100 Search and Rescue Dogs were among the first deployed. Along side the human heroes, these dogs worked for an average of ten days straight for anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day scouring the rubble and comforting survivors and rescue workers. The last known surviving 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog of the World Trade Center Attack, Bretagne has passed at age 16.
Our dog friends were also there lending a helping paw for the Boston Marathon tragedy.
K-9’s worked along side their police officer partners following the disastrous bomb explosion killing 3 and injuring over 170. They tirelessly scoured the city looking for clues and responding to calls from terrified citizens about suspicious looking packages. Trained bomb sniffing and patrol dogs throughout the country from East Coast to West were also deployed to major cities, landmarks, government buildings, and sporting events as security tightened.
Following the aftermath, Therapy Dogs were called upon to give comfort to the people affected by the bombing. Five such highly trained Therapy Dogs were sent to Boston from the Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, Illinois. Tim Hertzner, president of the Lutheran Church Charities stated, “People talk to the dogs, they’re like furry counselors. It’s a chance to bring some relief to people shaken up by the bombings.” In addition, The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs, who were there to comfort the Newton, Connecticut residents in the devastation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings visited hospitals in Boston to comfort the injured and family members.
These Furry Heroes are so amazing, always stepping in during and after disasters to search, rescue, and comfort. Let’s not forget the many unsung dog heroes serving in the Military, protecting our Freedom. We take this moment to remember and honor them.