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A Tribute to the Rescue Dogs of 9/11

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 3:45pm

This Sunday, millions of people from around the world will unite in commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. In tribute, the ASPCA would also like to honor the working dogs who risked their own lives to help on that tragic day.

“In the wake of the attacks, more than 100 search and rescue dogs along with their handlers, bravely searched the debris of Ground Zero,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “Their courage led to the recovery of countless survivors.”

A new portrait series and book, Retrieved by Charlotte Dumas, honors 15 of the canine heroes. Covering more than a dozen states, Dumas photographed the retired rescue dogs as they spend their golden years in their preferred places—home.

To view some of the poignant portraits, visit the special New York Times photo gallery.

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