ANIMALS AND 9-11
On this 10th anniversary of one of the saddest days in American (and world) history, people need the comfort of animals more than ever. Animals remind them that goodness, kindness, and love still exist.
In the aftermath of the events on September 11, 2001, there was a tremendous increase in adoptions from the New York area animal shelters. Grieving and frightened people sought the solace that can only be found in the paws and wings of animal companions.
Roselle, a yellow Labrador guide dog, who was a little over three years old, showed tremendous grace under fire. She led her blind charge, Mike Hingson down 78 floors of the New York World Trade Center. For one-half hour Roselle guided Mike and a group of employees to the ground floor and then to running out of the south tower as it collapsed behind them. Hingson is reported as saying, “She [Roselle] never hesitated. She never panicked.”
Search and rescue and bomb-sniffing dogs rummaged through the rubble and alerted their handlers in an attempt to save as many lives as possible. These dogs worked until their paws became bloody, and veterinarians on the site administered first aid.
One of the dogs succumbed to smoke inhalation. Firefighters carried this hero out of the ruins on a stretcher and hurried him in an ambulance to an animal hospital. There, he was treated, released, and readily returned to work.
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