Kelsey kept her fallen person from freezing until help arrived
Teddy rescued 5 year-old child trapped in dryer, he had previously alerted the family to a fire started by a phone charger
Che barked to alert neighbors that his house was on fire, was found unconscious on top of his person protecting her
Unnamed dog spent two days protecting another dog who was trapped on railroad tracks
Jacques leads cop to where his sister Annabelle had fallen down wooded embankment and gotten stuck
Banjo watched over lost toddler and alerted rescuers to their location
Lilly was hit by train when she pulled her person off the tracks
Felony was wounded protecting his person from being shot
U.S. Military Dog Layka was shot four times and lost a leg defending soldiers, one of whom adopted her.
Polo gave his life shielding a baby from a house fire
Stray dog, now named Hero, was stabbed 5 times saving woman from an attacker
Abby saved person from carbon monoxide poisoning
Shiloh saved toddler from copperhead snake
Haus saved child from rattlesnake
Unnamed dog broke glass to get help for person collapsed in house
Found on a doorstep, rescued Rocky now helps his person through depression and anxiety
Killer and Venom are among several dogs being used to stop poaching in South Africa
Posthumous -K-9 Jethro was shot in the line of duty
Posthumous – K-9 Krijger was shot in line of duty
Kenai saved life of injured Bald Eagle
Dog stopped a sexual assault of a child
Gizmo saved girl whose bed caught on fire
Jedi saved his young charge when the boy’s blood glucose monitors failed to alert
Maxx lead firefighters to children trapped in burning house
Max stayed with teenager lost in woods
Ginny rescued around 900 stray cats with her adopted person
Precious stayed with her person who was injured in a fire, she was then confiscated due to Breed Specific Law. She is looking for new home
Molly saved her dogsitter from bugler
Leala saved 2 year-old child who as face down in the water
K9 Bloodhound Copper saved kidnapped child
Poppy took care of 2 year-old child when she wandered off
Lucy died defending her person from a domestic attack
Kiko took a bullet in the head to save his person, ended up in shelter as a deaf senior – UPDATE: Kico was adopted!
Benji Warned his person that someone was breaking into their home (his person is an Honorary Degree holder and was on Over My Dead Body Episode 10)
Geo stopped his person from committing suicide Geo was found to have an aggressive tumor and his person is trying to save his hero
Stray Dog defended woman being harassed by several men. The woman returned to Crete to bring the dog, now named Pepper, home to Cornwall
K-9 Medo found missing 2 year-old
Rambo was killed by a lightening bolt, saved his person
Service Dog Yolanda diled 911, for the second time, this time saving her person from a house fire
Chief, Chloe, Mack and Idget saved their 3 year-old child from a bear
A dog saved another dog who had been buried alive
Leia rescued stranded porpoise (misidentified as a baby dolphin)
Her dog saved a 14 year-old girl from an attacker
Service dog Bigo jumped in front of school bus to save his blind person
Chance saved two other Pit Bulls being forced to fight
Max gave his life to save his person from a bear
Ember up her 10 year-old person’s parents and brought them to him when the boy had a seizure
Sadie defended her family from a burglar
Sako stayed and defended his person from predators after the man was injured and in shock after their car went over an embankment into the woods
Levi saved his 89 year-old neighbor who had fallen
Dixie save her newly adopted person from car jacker
Six month-old Guinness protected foster-family from rattlesnake, he survived and was adopted by them
Dicon survived stabbing while defending his person from thief
Andy saved elderly neighbor who had fallen in snow
Leo saved his person from heart attack
Stray dog, now named Hero, leads rescuers to mother dog and her puppies
Nico saved two people caught in riptide
A woman’s dog saved her from a rape attempt
Lexi saved her choking person
John Boy led police officer to his unconcious person
Legend took two bullets saving his people from intruders
Jax, K-9 training drop out, captured a thief
Ralph went after bear that had attacked his teenage girl
Sassy bit man who attempted to abduct her 12 year-old girl
Blind Norman saves 14 year-old girl from drowning
Amber tracked down missing 9 year-old boy
Puppy Bentley saved her canine sister hunter from drowning by getting help
Mack saved his person from bizarre coywolf attack
K-9 Jax found missing toddler in woods
Uno saved his family from a fire
Hurricane and Jordan were the dogs who caught a fence jumper at the White House
Noah died taking protecting children from a shooter
Hachi survived gunshot saving his person from armed robbery
Buddy went out to lead State Troopers to location of fire
Araya saved her family from an arson fire
Calie saved her person from house fire
Sabrina saved her person from cancer, twice
Former street dog Canelo rescued his person after her car went off a cliff
Ruby Rae lead her person to abandoned newborn baby.
Unnamed Labrador found abandoned newborn baby.
Lila led drivers to her unconscious person.
Police K-9 Maverick saved lost boy who was stuck in fast moving creek.
Roxanne saved her family from fire.
Jack saved his blind person from fire.
Ace saved deaf boy and his family from fire.
Cooper protected and kept warm his lost 3 year-old charge.
Clobberhead saved not only new owner but possibly several neighbors from gas leak
Amber protected her owner through an Alaskan winter night after a snowmobile crash and then found rescuers.
Sparky took rope out to save his person, who fell in trying to save him, from icy lake.
Max saved elderly owner from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Charlie survived being shot twice, losing a leg, saving her family from intruder. (North Central Shelter Intervention Program ran a successful fundraiser for her surgery)
Bella ran into traffic to find help for her person who had been stabbed saving him.
Lucy, also injured, went for help when her person is incapacitated by the car that hit them (The MSPCA is doing fund raising to pay for Lucy’s surgery and to help other animals in need)
Guide Dog Orlando saved his charge when he fell in front of train (donations made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind are allowing them to stay together after Orlando retires, please consider that there is always a need)
Mercey defended her person even after being severely slashed with a machete
Juneau got help for her person when he was severely injured falling into a ravine.
Twist detected her person’s cancer and is now a therapy dog as well.
9 month old Pit Bull Onyx saved his family from a house fire, suffering burns which he is still receiving treatment for (Onyx’s Facebook page)
Guide Dog Simon gave his life to save a 4 year-old boy from being hit by a car
“Unprotective” Greyhound Jemmy chased intruder from house
Killian informed his people that the babysitter was abusing their baby
Guide Dog Jet pushed baby stroller out of the path of an out-of-control car
Bradley the Dachshund gave his life to protect men from mama bear
Kesha saves toddlers intruders put in water drum
Unnamed Pitbull prevented armed intruders from kidnapping baby
Lefty took a bullet to save her family from home intruders, survived but lost right foreleg
Sasha saved a 4 year-old girl from drowning
Stray dog pulled woman from car accident, is later adopted by a search and rescue trainer and named “Hero”
Star and Storm dragged their people to a car accident a mile away to save woman
Duke saved the infant daughter of the people who rescued him
Midi saved her 13 year-old girl from an attacker
Foster dog Chloe saved her fosterer’s life when he has a heart attack
Pack of street dogs cane to the rescue of a 12 year-old from being raped in Argentina.
Shakira saved her people from a rattlesnake.
Titan saved his human grandma’s life twice
Judy was a war hero with many accomplishments. A ship mascot with the British Royal Navy, she was known for alerting to aircraft. She found water when she and her crew-mates were shipwrecked on a small island. She was the only animal registered as a prisoner of war in WWII, kept up moral and was part of an escape. When that ship was wrecked she brought flotsam to sailors to save them from drowning and eventually found her crew-mates at their new prison camp.
Elderly Chip saved his new family from a gas leak
Kabang threw herself in front of a motorcycle to save her two little girls, severely damaging her snout (censored image). She has since received reconstructive surgery and is going home to the Philippines (graphic image).
Pui found a newborn baby at a dump site leading to the baby’s rescue
Susie was found guarding a person who lost their life in the Moore, OK tornado, she was far from home and later reunited with her person
Chilly saved his adopted person from a potentially anaphylactic shock
Louie chased off a home invader who sprayed a woman and her 1 year-old sun with pepper spray
Vicious fought off a cougar to save her person and her puppies
Bella pulled her injured person out of a house fire
Snickers broke out of house to get help for his unconscious person
Hector alerts family to a fire and leads the four children out safely
Miniature Schnauzer, Oreo, warns people of armed stalker hiding the house
Stray dog keeps 7 year-old boy who was also trapped trying to save him alive for 3 Days in freezing temperatures (see the John Connor Award)
Teenager adopts rescue dog, he saves her from a rapist two months later
Baby the Pit Bull saves her two people from a fire, goes back in to save the other five dogs
Geo the Hero, when he and his family were walking a truck was bearing down on the 10 year-old boy, Geo pushed the boy out of the way and was struck himself. He survived and is now recovering from his injuries.
Doberman Khan saves toddler from poisonous snake
Bear rescues 14 month old toddler from drowning
Czaruś kept 3 year-old girl alive in freezing temperatures
Unnamed Pit Bull protected 3 year-old boy
Sugar kept 2 year-old boy safe
Baster and Bella kept 6 year-old boy safe
Dasher protected 2 year-old boy in bushland
Blue took care of 3 year-old girl
Nitro, Bruno and Missy kept 4 year-old safe
Pit Bull Creature takes owner to lost elderly woman
With the passing on July 25, 2011 of Morgan, one of the first cadaver dogs at Ground Zero, we wish to remember her, her K9 partner Molly who passed 2005 and all the K9 heroes who worked along side the human heroes after this horrible event. And all the dogs who do this difficult duty to help grieving families.
(Unfortunately, the link is no longer active)
Some heroes are lost by the most tragic means. which don’t even relate to their heroics One was Target, a former stray who along with dogs named Rufus and Sasha, the latter dying in the effort, saved 50 soldiers from, an explosion. She was brought back to live with one of those soldiers, Sgt. Terry Young and his family. She got out on Thanksgiving and ended up in a shelter, just moments before Sgt. Young arrived to pick her up she was killed by a worker there.
That such a tragedy could happen to a dog that saved the lives of our soldiers is unconscionable. We must always honor those who serve, including those on four legs. Let her death lead to reform. And please, support no-kill shelters, and if you are looking for a pet, remember the greatest heroes are often desperately looking for a home. Adopt, don’t buy!
Mare lead a herd of horses to safety through flood waters
Unnamed horse saved her/his rider from a attacker
Sgt. Reckless – a Mongolian mare who served the US Marines in the Korean War
Tonk and His Rider Honorary Degree holder Erin Bolster took on bear to save a child (see the Honorary Degrees)
Blake saved man who adopted him from a severe seizure
Tony saved his person and Corgie from a house fire
Cat took stray bullet, saving 3 year-old child
Saffie got help for her person when she collapsed (The paper boy who realized what the cat was doing was awarded a John Connor Award)
Pretzel went to get landlady when her apartment was being burgled
Marsha kept abandoned baby warm then alerted one of her caregivers
Cat chased dog who grabbed 4 year-old child (we honor the cat here, but note that this happened not by the dog’s fault but several counts of human error)
Koshka rescued in Afghanistan by a soldier prevented the soldier from committing suicide
14 week-old Alaska saved family from house fire
Wild Eagles take down mining drones on their own
Eagles are being trained to take down drones
Lions saved a 12 year-old girl from kidnappers
African Giant Pouched Rats sniff out landmines
Shooter the Elk saved a drowning Marmot from his water tank
Mama Kangaroo took down drone to defend her joey
A monkey revived another monkey who had been electrocuted
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