A new relationship with animals, nature and each other.

Pier 40 – Heart of the Operation

How the animal rescue teams came together

Animals at Ground Zero

Heroes in all shapes, sizes, and breeds
The dogs and their people who risked their lives to save others

Meet One of the Dog Teams
“We were a team, and if something wasn’t safe for the dogs, we would say.”

Pier 40: Heart of the Operation
How the animal rescue teams came together

The Four-Legged Heroes
How Dorado led his blind person to safety

Search & Rescue, Canine Style
The Suffolk Country crew sets up the MASH unit

Where Are They Now?
The dogs of 9/11 – 10 years later

Pets in Peril
Tweety-Pye gets left behind

Diary of a K-9 Team
Paul Morgan and Cody join the FEMA team

Preparing for Animal Care in a Disaster
A few quick tips to help keep you safe

If You’re an Animal Organization
Working together to build an emergency coalition

A Snapshot of the E-mails
“I am an active duty Marine. My 10 cats and 2 dogs will not have a home if we go to war…”

Other Websites

A Memorial Roster
Many of the dogs who worked at Ground Zero suffered serious health problems and passed away in the years that followed.

A Tribute
A preview to radio talk-show host Steve Dale’s book called Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs.

When Marcello Forte took a call from New York City animal control, there were already 30,000 tons of food and supplies piling up at the waterfront. The Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC) urgently needed help at Pier 40, which had been set up as an emergency distribution point.

“I got in at 17th Street and was handed a mask and a hat,” said Forte, who was at that time the executive director of Animal Haven, one of New York’s best no-kill shelters and adoption centers.

“We were walking down to the World Trade Center, and they were briefing me on what they wanted me to do. Then, all of a sudden, the smell of smoke was overwhelming, but it was like smoke that you’ve never smelled before, and you put your mask on, and you keep talking to people on the way down about what you need to do, and suddenly you’re standing in front of rubble, and it’s just overwhelming and enormous, and voyeuristic and sad all at the same time.

“I certainly wasn’t part of the rescue effort digging through the rubble, but it was amazing to at least feel like I was doing something.”

Thousands of tons of food and supplies were already on their way to help lost or abandoned pets and to assist the search and rescue dogs. There were first aid kits, bowls, harnesses, eyewash, vet supplies, dog boots, and food. More food than most people could even imagine.

“The food donations were all over the place, in so many different places, different piers,” said Forte. “I was just dealing with the stuff down at Ground Zero. Eventually I was able to get the Coast Guard to help me move it to New Jersey or to piers where the trucks were allowed to go in.

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