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  • Title: K-9 Disaster Relief
    Descriptive info: .. K-9 Disaster Relief.. is a Non-Profit Humanitarian Organization.. It s mission is to.. help traumatized victims of a disaster through canine crisis intervention.. Utilizing canines, this is achieved with handlers trained in Canine Disaster Relief Services.. K-9 Disaster Relief provides courses, workshops and seminars through its education and training Academy.. It has partnered and collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Project Liberty, Project Recovery, American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health and Human Services, Salvation Army Disaster Services, VOAD, and state/county government agencies, airlines, labor unions, industry, private companies and local communities.. K.. -9 Disaster Relief brings to bear combined resources and expertise in trauma and crisis intervention to meet the immediate and ongoing psychological needs of victims in crisis.. 1.. Home.. About.. FAQ.. Courses.. K-9 for Kids.. Blog.. Animal Bond Radio.. Media.. Donations..  ...   love, safety, dignity and most of all.. hope.. A dog can do more in a minute than a human can do in a lifetime.. Frank Shane.. NBC Nightly News.. The Human Animal Bond.. Ground Zero.. (c) 2001 - 2014 K-9 Disaster Relief Incorporated ~ All Rights Reserved ~ All photographs and information are the intellectual property of K-9 Disaster Relief and may not be utilized, downloaded, reproduced or used in any manner without written consent.. For information: info@K-9DisasterRelief.. org or frankshane@frankshane.. com 973.. 563.. 1291.. k9 for kids.. |.. canine disaster relief foundation.. disaster relief animal assisted therapy.. disaster relief dogs.. animal bond radio.. canine disaster relief.. Education.. Business Profile.. K9 Disaster Relief Foundation.. 551 Valley Road , Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.. 973-563-1291.. newark, paterson, clifton, east orange, mahwah.. Website Designed at Homestead.. Design a Website.. and.. List Your Business..

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  • Title: About Us
    Descriptive info: Frank T.. Shane.. Frank is the CEO and Executive Director of the K-9 Disaster Relief and curriculum director of the K-9 Disaster Relief Academy.. He is a Canine Trainer and Trauma Specialist in disaster relief services and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress.. His life has been devoted to humanitarian causes.. Frank and his canine partner Nikie were the only credentialed team to provide Canine Disaster Relief Services on WTC - Ground Zero.. Frank Shane has been on national and international media - including NBC Nightly News, Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS and NPR.. His work is featured in several books, including: Hero Dogs: Courageous Canines in Action and 9/11: Stories of Courage, Heroism and Generosity.. The latest one hour documentary on Discovery/Animal Planet was broadcast on September 10, 2013: Hero Dog s of 9/11.. The K-9 Disaster Relief Foundation.. K-9 Disaster Relief.. is a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Humanitarian organization.. It’s mission is to.. help traumatized victims of a disaster through canine crisis intervention.. Utilizing canines, this is achieved with handlers trained in.. Canine Disaster Relief Services - CDRS.. K-9 Disaster Relief provides courses, workshops and seminars through its education and.. K-9 Disaster Relief Academy.. For over twelve years the organization has partnered and collaborated with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Project Liberty, Project Recovery, American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health and Human Services, Salvation Army Disaster Services, and state/county government agencies, airlines, labor unions, industry, private companies and local communities.. K-9 Disaster Relief brings to bear combined resources and expertise in trauma and crisis intervention to meet the immediate and ongoing psychological needs of victims in crisis.. Canine Disaster Relief Services ~ CDRS.. The most comprehensive course recognized by government, NGO, disaster relief organizations and agencies.. and the acedemic community.. Over a ten year period of disaster response, the CDRS course is designed to present the core concepts of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component canine crisis and trauma intervention curriculum combined with Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).. The one-day interactive course will: a) Distinguish the differences between traditional animal assisted activities, animal assisted therapy and canine disaster relief services; b) Demonstrate the immediacy of providing crisis intervention to victims of a disaster, when a canine is utilized as a “transitional object” by handlers trained in Critical Incident Stress Management; c) Identify how the canine provides “common ground” to establish a therapeutic alliance with victims who have experienced acute trauma and/or significant loss; d) Teach how to work with a canine individually or within a multi-disciplinary Integrated Care Team providing crisis intervention to victims of a critical incident; e) Present the protocol on how to incorporate the utilization of Canine Disaster Relief Services by individuals with, or without a canine, who are part of a multi-disciplinary Outreach Care Team or CISM Team.. This course qualifies for Continuing Education Credits.. Canine Crisis Intervention ~ CCI.. Canine Crisis Intervention (CCI) is not psychotherapy, rather it is a specialized acute emergency psychological crisis intervention using canines as transitional objects.. The model has been used in over a hundred disasters in the last ten  ...   coming to St.. Paul s church on Broadway.. The church is the closest point to Ground Zero.. The fence around the church had thousands of pictures posted by victim families looking for relatives, family, friends and co-workers.. Nikie was laying on the sidewalk getting ready to have protective boots put on his paws.. Lisa, a teacher at PS 120 in Brooklyn, knelt down and spent personal moments with Nikie.. A few weeks later she sent a letter asking if he would come visit her children in the school.. It was a wonderful and uplifting day for the children and Nikie.. He was invited to public schools in all five boroughs of New York City.. Over several months through K-9 Disaster Relief, Nikie and many other canines visited over 4,000 children.. The became K-9 for Kids and became recognized throughout the United States.. Special.. K-9 for Kids.. pins were designed and given out to children affected by disasters.. There is no membership requirement or cost for children to become members ~ they are asked help others in need and do just one special thing to make the world a better place.. Over the past 11 years, thousands of children across the United States and many countries are reaching out to help others.. The proverb of.. is.. It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.. Thanks to these children - the world is a brighter place.. National Speaking, Lectures, Workshops and Keynote Addresses.. The K-9 Disaster Relief offers a wide array of lectures, workshops, speakers and keynote addresses.. Contact Us.. Books, Publications and Documentary Productions.. Though it is far easier to remember the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001 as a confirmation that evil exists in the world, 9/11: Stories of Courage, Heroism and Generosity challenges us to look for the intrinsic good in people, especially in the difficult moments surrounding a crisis.. This hardcover book helps to change our expectations of humanity, reminding us that if you look for the good in people, you won’t need to search very long at all.. As the 10-year anniversary of that terrible day approaches, we feel it necessary to “acknowledge and salute” the overwhelming demonstrations of goodness among ordinary citizens.. With contributions from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New York Governor George Pataki, 9/11: Stories of Courage, Heroism and Generosity is a compilation of the random acts of kindness, too often overlooked in times of crisis.. The work of K-9 Disaster Relief on WTC Ground Zero is featured, and tells the story of Nikie.. With an introduction from Tim Zagat, this touching tribute will inspire readers “to remember the good residing in all of us.. For more information on purchasing this book ~ contact K-9 Disaster Relief or Zagat Publishing.. (c) 2001 - 2013 K-9 Disaster Relief Incorporated ~ All Rights Reserved.. The web site: http://www.. K-9 DisasterRelief.. org, photographs and information are the intellectual property of the K-9 Disaster Relief, not-for-profit organization and may not be utilized, downloaded, reproduced or used in any manner without written consent.. org 973.. disaster relief foundations.. animals disaster relief..

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  • Title: FAQ
    Descriptive info: The Human - Animal Bond.. Q: What is the mission statement of K-9 Disaster Relief.. A: A non-profit humanitarian foundation to: Assist and stabilize victims of a disaster or critical incident through crisis intervention.. Utilizing canines, this is achieved with handlers professionally trained in Canine Disaster Relief Services (CDRS - K-9 Disaster Relief) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM/International Critical Incident Stress Foundation -ICISF) to mitigate disabling traumatic stress and restore the victim to a state of adaptive functioning.. K-9 Disaster Relief partners and collaborates with disaster relief organizations, federal and state government agencies, airlines, labor unions, industry, private companies and the community.. It brings to bear combined resources and expertise in trauma and crisis intervention to meet the immediate and ongoing psychological needs of victims in crisis.. Q.. When was K-9 Disaster Relief founded?.. A.. In the aftermath of September 11th, there was an acute need to pare handlers with canines to provide disaster relief services.. Ideally, this would have been achieved with the use of professional handlers trained in Canine Disaster Relief Services (CDRS) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).. With that training the handler (while working with his/her canine) has the knowledge to alleviate disabling traumatic stress and restore a victim to adaptive functioning.. If acute intervention is required, a person in need may be transitioned with the help of mental health professionals for follow-up assessment and care.. Unfortunately, few were trained in either CDRS or CISM.. There was an urgent need to create both a protocol and training for future critical incidents and disasters.. Traditional “Pet Therapy” changed while providing services in the days, weeks and months after September 11th.. Traditionally, the use of animals in “Pet Therapy” or Animal Assisted Therapy was confined to safe and controlled environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other places.. The protocol and training of most pet therapy organizations did not envision that animals could be used to help victims of disasters, especially 9/11.. Family Assistance Centers were established to aid and assist the victim families of 9/11.. After the attack and implosion of the World Trade Towers, the City of New York and Mayor Giuliani established Family Assistance Centers.. Also the American Red Cross and Salvation Army Disaster Services established Centers in lower Manhattan near Ground Zero.. These Family Assistance Centers provided services to the victim families who were initially hoping to locate and be reunited their loved one - - many times the sole support of the family.. The largest was housed in Pier 94.. Within days it became apparent that no one would be found alive.. Ground Zero changed from “search and rescue” to the “recovery” of bodies and remains.. This dramatically changed how the family victims reacted to the animals.. Volunteers of many pet therapy organizations were unprepared - - traditional meet and greet became emotional meet and grief.. Humans get overwhelmed.. So do animals and they become unstable.. Since handlers are traditionally trained to work with patients, not victims - - how did they adjust to such emotion and grief.. Some canine handlers became overwhelmed with the intense grief within the Family Centers.. This affected both the dog and their own ability to cope.. We re humans, and dogs take their cues from their trusted handler – the handler must always - - without exception - - be “leader of the pack.. ”.. Frank Shane is Executive Director of K-9 Disaster Relief.. Was he able to observe the Family Assistance Centers?.. As a professional dog handler and provider of mental health crisis intervention services, Frank Shane observed, and in some cases, monitored the pet therapy services being provided at Family Assistance Centers in New York City.. It was determined that there was need for a new model for those that wanted to bring canines in contact with victims.. This was not the usual modality of visiting patients in a hospital or nursing home - - providing “meet and greet” canine comfort.. Victims are in pain and cry out for help, both physically and emotionally.. The introduction of a warm and gentle animal like a dog can have both a good and a negative effect.. This is explained in the CDRS course along with case examples and followup studies.. What is Canine Disaster Relief Services?.. The new model would become “Canine Disaster Relief Services - CDRS” This model pares handlers and canines with disaster mental health professionals.. It was also apparent that in order to safely and ethically interact with victims, the handler needed professional training in CDRS and Critical Incident Stress Management - CISM.. There was also a need to evaluate both handlers and canines before, during and after they provided canine disaster relief services to the victims and their families.. Q: Is K-9 Disaster Relief a membership organization?.. A: No.. It is a foundation that provides services to national, regional and local organizations and agencies during a critical incident or disaster.. The organization has national Memorandums of Understandings and Statements  ...   will provide networking opportunities to work on CERT, CISM and Trauma Response Teams.. Also, American Red Cross chapters and Salvation Army.. Q: Would I ever be deployed during a national disaster?.. A: Most disasters are local in nature, however, in the event of a national disaster of catastrophic proportion, those trained in CDRS and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) would be networked to respond, depending on experience and training.. K-9 Disaster Relief would bring to bear its full resources to coordinate deployment with the needs of Incident Command under the CDRS protocol.. Q: Once trained can I just show up at an incident or disaster?.. This is against all protocol.. CDRS.. training will provide you with the proper protocol within the incident command system.. An individual who self-deploys will no longer be able to work in disaster relief.. Q: Where can I take a course?.. A: Courses are being scheduled regionally throughout the United States.. Some are promoted privately by the sponsoring organization - others are on the K-9 Disaster Relief web site.. Individuals and organizations can schedule a course.. Many times, SPCA, Humane Society, Veterinarians, Animal Organizations, Red Cross and others will sponsor a course.. If you do not see a course scheduled - - send and email to:.. info@K-9DisasterRelief.. org.. Q: How much is the course registration?.. A: The registration cost per person depends on course location, co-sponsorship and scholarships.. Sponsors, donations and scholarships are encouraged and may reduce the registration fee.. page has a form where can submit your information and questions.. Q: If my agency or organization wants to host a course, what are the costs and expenses?.. A: It is easy to host a course.. K-9 Disaster Relief provides all the marketing and course materials, including online registration.. The only cost is the course registration fee which varies depending on size of class and location.. Within the next few months, the K-9 Disaster Relief Academy will host courses in New York City and New Jersey.. Q: Are their additional fees for the instructor, travel, accommodations, meals, computer/LCD projectors, AV/DVD, publications, certificates, etc?.. A: There are no additional fees! Through the generosity of national organizations and agencies, there are no additional charges.. Also, registration fees help defray costs.. Q: Does K-9 Disaster Relief provide the sponsoring individual or organization promotional material?.. A custom brochure for mailing.. News releases.. Web listing.. On-line secure credit card registration.. Q: Are their benefits to the sponsoring organization?.. Many organizations gain new members and receive community recognition.. Q: What are the instructor qualifications?.. A: The principal faculty instructor is Frank T.. Shane, Executive Director of K-9 Disaster Relief.. He is Board Certified as an Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomat, Fellow, by The Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.. Frank served on the board of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and was president of that international organization.. He is nationally recognized for his work in disaster relief and crisis intervention.. He holds international certifications and has been a Traumatic Stress Specialist, Certified Trauma Responder and Certified Trauma Services Specialist.. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Specialized training in the field of Mass Disasters Terrorism from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.. He is a consultant to national disaster relief agencies and is a member of several disaster response and trauma teams, including United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency/FEMA, Project Liberty; Project Recovery; American Red Cross, Salvation Disaster Relief Services as well as state Health Human Services.. He is the author of: CANINES IN CRISIS: Mitigating Traumatic Stress Through Critical Incident Stress Management.. Has K-9 Disaster Relief or Frank T.. Shane published research material on disaster relief services and the efficacy of utilizing canines with trained handlers during critical incidents or disasters?.. Yes.. CANINES IN CRISIS: Mitigating Traumatic Stress Through Critical Incident Stress Management.. Also, K-9 Standards and Practices for Disaster Response.. Q: What are some other benefits of taking the CDRS course?.. A: Networking within the disaster relief community and applying your skills in real-time incidents and disasters.. The course is based on research and actual deployments over many years.. Q: Has K-9 Disaster Relief and/or the CDRS course been on national media?.. The Media page on the K-9 Disaster Relief web site lists just some of the television, radio, newspaper and magazine coverage.. The book,.. HERO DOGS, Courageous Canines in Action.. highlights the work of K-9 Disaster Relief.. Animal Planet did a documentary in October 2001 and another will air on the 10-year anniversary of September 2011:.. Hero Dogs of 9/11.. On September 6, 2011, Tim Zagat of Zagat Publishing featured the humanitarian work of Frank Shane and Nikie in the book:.. 9/11: Stories of Courage, Heroism and Generosity.. Frequently Asked Questions.. :.. Q: Once trained can I just show up at an incident or disaster?.. Don t see your question.. or need additional answers.. CONTACT US.. BACK TO QUESTIONS.. BACK TO BLOG.. Designed using Intuit website templates.. Create a website with Intuit..

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  • Title: Courses
    Descriptive info: Canine Crisis Intervention.. Canine Disaster Relief Services.. This course qualifies for continuing education credits.. Contact Us for Additional Information..

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  • Title: K9_for_Kids
    Descriptive info: Lisa, a teacher at PS 132 in Brooklyn, knelt down and spent personal moments with Nikie.. Over several months Nikie visited over 4,000 children and the program grew and became recognized throughout the United States.. Over the past 10 years, thousands of children across the United States and many countries are reaching out to help others.. K-9 Disaster Relief does workshops and programs, Disasters in the Lives of Children ~ go to Courses Workshops.. Lisa Gallo with her students and Nikie.. PS 132 in Brooklyn, NY.. upper montclair nj.. Designed using Homestead website templates.. Create a website with Homestead..

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  • Title: K9-Radio-Program
    Descriptive info: - Animal News and Information.. - Authors.. - Animal Health.. - Positive Training Techniques.. - Pet Insurance.. - Dogs with Jobs.. - The Healing Power of Pets.. - Dog Behavior and Animal Psychology.. - The Animal Mind.. - Listen to Your Dog.. - See like your dog: New video technology.. - Medical Facts and Myths.. - Disaster Relief Canines.. - Animal Assisted Therapy.. - Pet Therapy - where it began and new frontiers.. - Humane Society of the United States.. - Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.. - American Red Cross and Canines in Disasters.. - Your Questions Live.. - My Dog s in Therapy - The Documentary.. - Research and Publications.. - Animal  ...   - Animal Detectives.. - Myth Busters - Just the Facts.. - How did Goldie help Mayor Giuliani during 9/11.. - How do blind dogs see?.. - Animals help therapists in their practice.. - The hidden lives of animals.. - Hurricane Katrina: HSUS.. Animal Bond Radio.. (TM).. The Talk of Animals.. Host: Frank Shane.. Interviews ~ Live Talk ~ Call-In ~ Animal News.. AnimalBond Radio.. ON AIR Talk Free Line.. 855-285-.. TALK.. Airing December.. Listen Live ~Listen 24/7.. AnimalBondRadio.. com.. Aired All The Time.. ~ Anytime ~.. is made possible through the generosity.. of listeners like you.. AnimalBond Radio and The Talk of Animals.. (TM.. ) Copyright 2011.. United States and Worlwide.. All Rights Reserved..

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  • Title: K-9 Disaster Relief News Releases
    Descriptive info: Media Relations News Releases.. K-9 Disaster Relief News Releases.. Animal Planet features K-9 Disaster Relief and Frank Shane.. by Contact: info@K-9DisasterRelief.. org on 09/26/13.. Animal Planet Documentary Pays Tribute to Hero Dogs of 9/11 in Documentary Special.. The first-of-its-kind program highlights the remarkable working dogs at Ground Zero , including Nikie of K-9 Disaster Relief and his handler, Frank Shane.. _______________________________________________________________________________________________.. Upper Montclair, New Jersey September 9, 2013.. Contact: Frank T.. Shane, Executive Director: frankshane@frankshane.. K-9 Disaster Relief 973-563-1291.. Email info@K-9DisasterRelief.. Premiering in the United States on Tuesday, September 10 at 8pm ET/PT Animal Planet is airing.. HERO DOGS OF 9/11.. , a one-hour documentary special that chronicles the legacies of working dogs at Ground Zero.. Featured in the documentary is Frank Shane from Upper Montclair, NJ.. He is founder of K-9 Disaster Relief, a non-profit humanitarian organization and worked for nine months on Ground Zero with his canine partner Nikie.. The program features Nikie and pays tribute to all the unheralded dogs that were part of the rescue and recovery efforts.. Shane said, “Nike enabled me to help those rescue, recovery, uniformed services and volunteers who needed psychological emotional support and crisis intervention.. ” Shane is nationally recognized as a canine counselor and is a board certified expert in crisis intervention and traumatic stress.. Featured in the book 9/11: STORIES OF COURAGE, HEROISM AND GENEROSITY, Shane commented, “ The power of a dog can help ease the pain and heartbreak during times of unfathomable grief.. The Producer of HERO DOGS OF 9/11 include Shane’s new canine partner “Chance” who most recently helped the children and victim families in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.. Like Nikie, Chance.. provided love and affection during a time when there were no words to describe what happened on that horrific day.. Research shows that dogs are accepted as loving non-judgmental living animals.. Dogs are able to communicate through kindness and unconditional love.. HERO DOGS OF 9/11 was developed and produced by Tanya Kelen, Executive Producer CEO of Kelencontent with the participation of Starlight Runner Entertainment, Powderhouse Productions and online canine enthusiast hub, Dog Files.. About K-9 Disaster Relief:?.. It.. brings to bear combined resources and expertise in trauma and crisis intervention to meet the immediate and ongoing psychological needs of victims in crisis.. With headquarters in Upper Montclair, NJ, it was f.. ounded in 2001 by Executive Director, Frank Shane.. (.. http://www.. k-9disasterrelief.. ).. The non-profit humanitarian organization’s.. mission is to help traumatized victims of a disaster or critical incident through canine crisis intervention.. This is achieved with handlers trained in Canine Disaster Relief Services.. The organization provides courses, workshops and seminars.. About Animal Planet USA:.. ?Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment.. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets.. animalplanet.. , the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.. About Kelencontent:.. Founded by Tanya Kelen (.. kelencontent.. ), the company works with a seasoned team of first rate in-house and third party creators and producers to finance, produce and distribute high impact broadcast and digital content for multiple platforms.. Kelencontent specializes in structuring unique business models as commissions, co-ventures and co-productions.. The company has licensed programming and interactive properties in over 140 territories with expertise in non-fiction, comedy, animation, drama variety programming.. Kelencontent has secured original commissions and licenses in North America and international markets and has relationships with over 600 broadcasters worldwide.. The company is committed to assisting all partners to develop, finance and license engaging original broadcast and interactive programming that maximizes return on investment across all platforms.. About Dog Files:.. ? Dog Files (.. http://thedogfiles.. ) is a highly rated online channel for dog content, including the “Dog Files” web series.. The Dog Files website has more than 220,000 unique views per month, 500,000 page views and over 58,000 Facebook fans since launching in 2008.. Kenn Bell is the creator, writer, director and owner of the Dog Files.. Acts of Canine Kindness Brings Thoughts and Prayers to Newtown, Connecticut.. MONTCLAIR, N.. J.. , Dec.. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After the horrific shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the K-9 Disaster Relief, a national non-profit organization helping traumatized victims through canine crisis intervention, brings therapy dogs to Newtown, CT to help children and families deal with the heartbreak and grief from recent tragedies.. According to Frank Shane, Executive Director and founder of K-9 Disaster Relief, who is featured in the book.. , I worked on Ground Zero for nine months and saw first hand how the power of a dog can help ease the pain and heartbreak during times of unfathomable grief.. Shane's affable retriever and canine partner, Chance, exudes love and affection during a time when there are no words.. Dogs don't speak, so they don't lie -- they can be trusted.. All they know is love and are like big soft teddy bears, but are real and alive, said Shane, a board certified trauma specialist and canine counselor.. In a forthcoming documentary on the human-animal-bond Shane explained, Dogs are able to communicate through kindness and unconditional love.. They speak louder than words.. Marking the first week since the tragic  ...   healing process.. The word spread about this special golden Retriever who wore a red working vest, a K-9 patch, and boots to protect his paws.. Soon he visited schools in all five Boroughs of New York City.. A teacher estimated that he visited over 4,000 children.. And it all started in front of St.. Paul's Chapel.. Through Nikie I was empowered to help others deal with the terror and grief of September 11.. and the gruesome work ahead.. That was my job, and I didn't want to intrude on others in the Chapel - -.. they needed it more than me.. , I told myself.. Then there was a Friday night that would change my view of religion and the relationship with a higher power to this day.. A priest named Tom came to T-Mort – the temporary morgue on Liberty Street.. A gentile and frail man, he seemed out of place at the morgue.. I had been going to the morgue with Nikie for months to help the clergy and Medical Examiners cope with unimaginable stress and grief.. I never once saw Tom there - - he seemed uncomfortable and out of place.. It was a very busy night with recoveries and remains.. Every fragment and part examined and blessed.. Prayers would be recited and we all knew the ritual and words.. If identification was possible, families notified.. Stephen welcomed the assistance of another clergy.. I sensed that something wasn't right.. Overcome with emotion, Tom asked if he could go outside with Nikie.. I gave him his lead and we all walked to a spot that would be safe.. He silently watched firefighters sifting for remains under the South Tower.. He tried to talk, but started to cry.. Tom told me the reason why he came unannounced to the morgue.. He had to see Ground Zero for himself.. While holding Nikie’s lead, he told me that he couldn't continue to do memorial services at his church.. He thought that perhaps if he could see and understand the places where they perished it would give him a renewed purpose.. He I was with my dog listening to a priest in need of spiritual guidance.. He felt that he let his parish down.. With Nikie now asleep at his feet, he said,.. Sometimes people think that God takes care of priests and we don't need help, but we're human to.. As we walked down Church Street, Tom gave Nikie a blessing and a soft pat on the head.. It was now 5 AM and very cold.. Nikie lost a boot.. Salt got into his front paw.. It was too far to walk back to the respite tent on West Street.. We were both tired and hungry.. I remembered what Tom said about God and being human, so headed to the Chapel.. I woke up about 7AM.. It took me a few minutes to realize that I had been sleeping on a pew.. Nikie was snoring away.. A police officer volunteered to look after him while I got coffee and something to eat.. So, thanks to Father Tom, we were in St.. Paul’s.. a place of peace and tranquility.. Ironically, other than the morgue, it was the only quiet place we could rest by ourselves.. No one asked what we did; they only asked “what do you need.. As we left the Chapel, Nikie’s lost red boot had been recovered and it had been placed on a table by an EMT who found it on Liberty Street by Ladder 10-10.. Once in awhile, I think of Father Tom when walking my dog on bitter cold nights in the Adirondack’s.. This past July I visited the Chapel for the first time in ten years.. I was with my new canine partner “Chance.. ” I was overjoyed to see a beautiful picture of Nikie prominently displayed.. It was taken at the last memorial ceremony on Ground Zero.. Nikie was wearing his special memorial black working vest with the K-9 Disaster Relief patch and his signature American Flag neckerchief.. (The black vest was worn for solemn occasions.. ) A military officer was bending over stroking his fur – reminiscent of Lisa Gallo.. It affirmed to me that Nikie had special attributes.. His spirit touched so many lives, including those at St.. Thank you for your help during those dark days and cold nights.. And now, on this 10th anniversary of September 11.. , thank you again for bringing so many people who worked on Ground Zero together again.. - - we’re a family bound together by unspoken words and a love and affection for each other.. We move on, but never forget.. Lisa still teaches in Brooklyn and is now married.. She has two boys.. One she named “Cono” in memory of her brother.. The Police Officer in the Chapel that night was Pat.. We stay in touch and he has a son, Patrick, who will graduate from the NYPD Training Academy.. On Ground Zero, the EMT, John, gave Nikie rides in his recovery “gator” and brags to this day about finding his boot in front of Ladder 10-10.. He now lives upstate.. I see Father Tom on occasion.. He blessed Nikie’s ashes in 2004.. “Chance” just turned one year old and is trained and ready to become a working canine like Nikie.. This Saturday, September 10.. , Chance will meet many of Nikie’s friends at a wonderful gathering hosted by St.. On Sunday, September 11.. he will follow in the paw prints of Nikie as we walk on Fulton Street to help victim families.. And so we move on, not alone, but together as a family.. Main.. |.. Older Entries..

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  • Title: Donations
    Descriptive info: Your Gift Helps ~ Thank You.. a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.. Thank you for considering a gift.. 551 Valley Road.. PMB 179.. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.. Trauma affects us all.. , , , humans and animals alike.. During Hurricane Katrina, K-9 Disaster Relief aided and assisted the Humane Society of the United States.. HSUS asked us to come to their National Headquarters to help the staff and volunteers who felt a sense of failure, as they could not find and save all the animals.. Like in any disaster, you want to help everyone, but soon realize that if  ...   the wall in the HSUS call center where their staff worked tirelessly 24/7 to reunite the animals.. To K-9 Disaster Relief, Bennie represents what all our canine disaster relief volunteers do during every disaster.. He is now a Disaster Relief Canine working in Louisiana.. He was adopted by a veterinary student who took one of our courses in Canine Disaster Relief Services.. With our canine partners we do make a difference.. Our work has never been more important than now.. We continue to train volunteers and need your support to continue and provide services.. Thank You!.. Shane, Executive Director..

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  • Title: Contact-Us
    Descriptive info: Suite 179.. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.. Telephone: 973-563-1291.. Email: info@K-9DisasterRelief.. Web: www.. K-9DisasterRelief.. To contact us please use the form below.. Select from the following topics.. Option #1 CDRS Courses.. Option #2 K-9 Talk Radio.. Option #3 Workshops.. Option #4 Speakers.. Option #5 Media Release.. Option #6 Blog.. Option #7 K-9 for Kids.. Option #8 Frank T.. Shane.. Option #9 General Information.. critical incident stress management training..

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  • Title: Animal Planet features K-9 Disaster Relief and Frank Shane : K-9 Disaster Relief News Releases
    Descriptive info: Acts of Canine Kindn.. org on 09/26/13..

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  • Title: Acts of Canine Kindness Brings Thoughts and Prayers to Newtown, Connecticut : K-9 Disaster Relief News Releases
    Descriptive info: Saturday, September.. Animal Planet featur..

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