K-9 Disaster Relief on Animal Planet Documentary “Hero Dogs of 9/11”

K-9 "Nikie" at Ground Zero.  Photo by Associated Press 2001

K-9 “Nikie” at Ground Zero. Photo by Associated Press 2001

The first-of-its-kind program HERO DOGS OF 9/11 aired in the United States. The Animal Planet one-hour documentary highlighted  the legacies of working dogs at Ground Zero, including K-9 Disaster Relief and canine Nikie who worked for ten months helping rescue, recovery, uniformed services and volunteers.

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Nikie – Ground Zero 2001. Taken by K-9 Disaster Relief. Photo location: WTC – Church Street looking west towards South WTC buildings. 2AM leaving site to rest at St. Paul’s Church

Premiering on Tuesday, September 10 at 8pm ET/PT, Animal Planet is airing HERO DOGS OF 9/11, a one-hour documentary special that chronicles the legacies of working dogs at Ground Zero.

Featured in the documentary is Frank Shane, founder of K-9 Disaster Relief. He worked for nine months on Ground Zero with his partner Nikie, a certified Disaster Relief Canine. The program pays tribute to all the unheralded dogs that were part of the rescue and recovery efforts. A stoic 120-pound golden retriever, Nikie enabled Shane to help rescue and recovery workers who needed psychological and emotional support. According to Shane, “a dog immediately develops emotional bonds with those suffering from psychological trauma during times of unfathomable grief.” Shane is nationally recognized as a canine counselor and is a board certified expert in crisis intervention and traumatic stress. His work has been featured in several books, including 9/11: STORIES OF COURAGE, HEROISM AND GENEROSITY and HERO DOGS: COURAGEOUS CANINES IN ACTION. He is producer of Animal Bond Radio’s “The Talk of Animals” and Executive Director of an upcoming broadcast special on the Human Animal Bond.

Newtown CT: Chance, K-9 Disaster Relief.  Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue. December 2012 Photo: Tyann Sells

Newtown CT: Chance, K-9 Disaster Relief. Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue. December 2012
Photo: Tyann Sells

HERO DOGS OF 9/11 also features Shane’s new canine partner “Chance” who helped the children and victim families in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Like Nikie, Chance provides canine disaster relief services during times when there are no words to describe such horrific events.  According to Shane, “Dogs are accepted as loving non-judgmental animals. They are able to communicate through kindness and unconditional love.”

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About K-9 Disaster Relief:
The non-profit organization brings to bear combined resources and expertise in trauma and crisis intervention to meet the immediate and ongoing psychological needs of victims in crisis.  (http://www.k-9disasterrelief.org)  The humanitarian organization’s mission is to help traumatized victims of a disaster or critical incident through canine crisis intervention. This is achieved with handlers trained in Canine Disaster Relief Services. The organization provides courses internationally.

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