K-9 Disaster Relief on Animal Planet Documentary: Hero Dogs of 9/11 Documentary Special
Sep 10, 2013 - 10:53:24 AM
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.
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."
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.
Web Site: http://www.k-9disasterrelief.
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