Yesterday was, of course, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that toppled the World Trade Center, resulting in some 3,000 deaths, and affecting the world in profound ways for years to come.

People from New York and around the world posted tributes and remembered 9/11 in various ways, remembering those who were lost or how they were affected by the attacks and their personal and political aftermath.

One Twitter account, @ClaysandBirds, decided to reflect on 9/11 a bit differently by honoring the 9/11 dogs who were present on that fateful day in 2001.

While rarely discussed a number of search and rescue (SAR) dogs took part in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, and the Twitter thread remembered their contributions and the effects they in some cases suffered.

The dogs immediately faced a situation on a scale that only some had been trained for.

Some of the search and rescue dogs who served on 9/11 went on to help in other national crises like Hurricane Katrina.

The thread remembered the 9/11 dogs for their tireless and heroic efforts that day and in the days and weeks that followed.

The thread shared many personal anecdotes about the 9/11 dogs, from their names and places of origin, to remembering when they died.

Some of the 9/11 SAR dogs came with their handlers to help from other states and even other countries.

Not all of them survived.

For some of the animals, the extreme stress of the situation was too much.

The 9/11 dogs worked through injuries and often without rest.

There were photos of the search and rescue dogs and their handlers side-by-side.

Some 9/11 dogs were employed at the locations of other attacks.

As therapy dogs, some were there to ease the stress and emotional burden placed on first responders, survivors and others directly affected.

The 9/11 dogs’ contributions are commemorated by a statue at the 9/11 Memorial in West Orange, New Jersey that looks out across the water towards New York City.

People were moved by the touching tribute to the sacrifices the animals made.

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*First Published: September 12, 2019, 10:39 am