American Humane Association Honors Hero Dogs at Ground Zero

American Humane Association (AHA), the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals for 134 years, visited the NYSE in honor of the hero dogs at Ground Zero on September 11, 2011. More than 300 heroic dogs assisted with the search for survivors and victims of the World Trade Center tragedy, while therapy dogs provided emotional support to rescue workers and families of victims. In honor of the occasion, President and CEO Robin R. Ganzert and AHA National Spokesdog Rin Tin Tin, rang The Closing BellSM.

In the days following September 11th, the AHA brought its 82-foot mobile veterinary clinic and rescue rig to NYC as well as its Red Star™ Animal Emergency Services teams to coordinate food and fresh water to search and rescue dogs. AHA provided some of the harnesses and leashes that handler teams needed and gave on-site training on how to use the harnesses. Additionally, AHA set up a treatment center for injured and exhausted search and rescue dogs on the Staten Island Landfill site where dogs were decontaminated of toxins after each shift.