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On September 11, 2001, Dr. Cynthia Otto, a veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a member of Pennsylvania Task Force 1 deployed to the World Trade Center disaster site and spent 9 days caring for the deployed Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs.
In January 2002, Dr. Otto received funding from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and other sponsors to conduct a 3-year study of the health and behavioral effects of the 9/11 disasters on the deployed SAR dogs. In addition to the deployed SAR dogs enrolled in the study, we were also able to recruit many SAR handlers and their dogs who were not deployed to serve as a comparison or control population. This website is dedicated to updating these handlers as well as the public to the ongoing information we have compiled and to dispel any misconceptions about the health and well-being of these dogs.