Among the dogs featured in the exhibit is Tracker, a German Shepherd Police Dog from Canada, who combed through the wreckage of the Twin Towers for two days then collapsed from exhaustion, burns, and smoke inhalation. He is credited for having played a role in one rescue.
Bretagne, a Golden Retriever, traveled with her handler Denise Corliss from Texas to help in the recovery efforts. They spent 10 days searching the rubble and brought comfort to rescuers and firefighters who would approach and pet her. She died in 2016 and was the last known living service dog to have served in the search effort.
Another dog was Ricky, a 17-inch tall Rat Terrier that was able to squeeze through tight spaces. Chris Selfridge, from Pennsylvania and who was Ricky’s handler at the time, recalled the time they went to Ground Zero, “We went there expecting to find hundreds of people trapped, but we didn’t find anyone alive”.