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Animals at Ground Zero Remembered

Written by PETA | September 11, 2011

As observances of September 11, 2001, take place across the country, PETA thinks back to all the cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, fish, and other companion animals who waited in vain for the return of their loving guardians who lost their lives that day. Especially the ones trapped inside apartments in the cordoned off “Red Zone.” PETA received call after call from people desperate to reach their dearly loved animals after being barred from returning to their homes. PETA immediately dispatched a rescue team to New York.

PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch—who took a PETA team from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York right away—will always remember the destruction and despair. “It was total chaos and heartbreak,” she recalls. “We struggled to get through various barriers and roadblocks to reach animals who needed us—and whose guardians were desperate for us to retrieve them. We were able to get some building superintendents and firefighters to bring some of the animals out, but most perished. We were also able to care for traumatized animals at an impromptu rescue center and managed to reunite a person here and a person there with their beloved animals. It was a trip that will forever remain burned into our brains.”

PETA’s Emergency Response Team also rescued more than 100 turtles from a market in New York’s Chinatown. And PETA was on the ground following the attack on the Pentagon, supplying dogs who were searching for survivors through the broken glass and twisted metal with protective booties.

September 11 was a harrowing time for all beings, and one that continues to affect us as a nation. When you observe September 11 today, please think of all the individuals who suffered and died because of an act of hatred. Let’s resolve to open our hearts as much as we can to everyone—regardless of race, color, species, gender, creed, nationality, or religion—every day.

 

Written by Joe Taksel

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  • gloria taber says:

    Amen, Susan Deakin. Those are my sentiments exactly! One of the saddest scenes I remember from 9-11 was a security guard. He was standing at an interview podium. Of course, he was talking abt the horrendous loss of human life. But just before he left the podium, he broke down in tears saying that he worked with the most wonderful dog in the world. The last words he very tearfully said was “please, anyone who finds my dog, let me know”. My heart broke when he said that. She was his daily companion during his workday. Unfortunately, she was in her kennel in his office when the buildings fell. There was no way he could get back to her in time. I can still see the interview in my head 10 yrs later. As an animal lover, I cried when the interview was shown and I still cry when I think abt it now. I just hope she went quickly and she didn’t have to suffer. I guess my point is, it isn’t JUST humans that are involved in these tragedies. It’s their creature companions/partners also. I even saw on tv that some of the rescue dogs had to have “rescues” staged for them as they became very discouraged abt not finding anyone alive. Case in point, people fleeing hurricane Katrina were forced to leave their beloved animals behind because of “rules”. One elderly couple even offered a police officer their wedding rings if he would allow them to take their little white dog on an evacuation bus. Unfortunately, they didn’t succeed. I shed tears over this one also. The little dog was left standing there with the police officer. I’m praying that the officer took the dog with him and that the elderly couple was eventually reunited with their pet. Since then, thankfully the rules have been changed. Evacuees can now take their pets with them. We couldn’t leave our dog in a case like that. We’d have to stay with him, as would many other people, I’m sure. As Susan said in her 9-11-11 comment, give your pet a special hug every day.

  • Christine says:

    Beautifully said, Susan Ann!

  • Niklas says:

    I was really shocked to know that there are also some animals which were never spared from the the attack..

  • susan ann deakin says:

    TODAY IS A DAY TO REMEBER ALL WHO LOST THERE LIVES AND FOR THOSE WHO LOST SOMEONE THEY LOVED; THE RESCUE WORKERS AND THERE RESCUE DOGS WHO BRAVED THE RECKAGE AND CARNAGE DAY AFTER DAY TO SEARCH FOR A SPARK OF LIFE SOMEWHERE IN THE RUINS: ITS ALSO A DAY TO TREASURE THOSE YOU LOVE AND CARE FOR THE ANIMALS THAT GIVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EVERY DAY; THANK GOD FOR OUR LIVES AND WELL BEING AND THE DEVOTION OF OUR COMPANION ANIMALS WHO NEVER LET US DOWN; ESPECIALLY AT TIMES WHEN WE ARE THE LOWEST IN OUR LIVES; THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE; EVERYONE GIVE YOUR PET A SPECIAL HUG TODAY JUST FOR BEING THERE FOR YOU; AND REMEMBER HOW THEY WORKED TO RESCUE PEOPLE ON THIS SAD REMEMBERANCE DAY OF ALL HUMANS AND ANIMALS ALIKE; THAT LOST THERE LIVES ON SEPTEMBER THE 11TH; AND PREY THAT THOSE WHO ORGANISE AND CARRY OUT SUCH DREADFULL DEEDS RECIEVE THERE JUST DESERTS:

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