About Trakr, Our Inspiration
"In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Trakr worked tirelessly for three days, braving unimaginable conditions to search for survivors. He walked across hot steel beams as fires raged in pits hundreds of feet below, crawled through narrow tunnels of unstable debris, breathed dense smoke and debris-filled air and braved treacherous footing - never once showing fear or hesitation. He simply forged ahead because of his remarkable valor and ability to sense the desperation around him."
Founder and Trakr's former partner
International hero, unparalleled search and rescue K9, humanitarian - Trakr is the courageous German shepherd whose 9/11 rescue and legendary police work made him one of the world's most revered dogs. Trakr first attained hero status in the 1990s as both a police and search and rescue dog. Extraordinarily tenacious, Trakr was credited with finding hundreds of people and recovered more than $1 million in stolen goods. Trakr and his partner, then Officer James Symington, worked at the site of the World Trade Center after 9/11. In addition to locating victims, Trakr sniffed out the last survivor buried beneath the rubble.
For his efforts, Trakr was presented with a humanitarian service award by Dr. Jane Goodall, United Nations "Messenger of Peace," and was featured in books and magazines dedicated to 9/11 heroes including, Dog World and In the Line of Duty.
Throughout his career, Trakr and James were closely involved with various charities. Trakr was the first police K9 to have his head shaved for Cops for Cancer, a national initiative for kids with cancer. He was also a regular guest of various children's organizations, schools and hospitals where kids would eagerly line up to rub his belly and get his autographed police card.
In 2008, Trakr won a contest naming him the "World's Most Cloneworthy Dog." This honor enabled Trakr's DNA to be used to clone a puppy. In June, five replicas of Trakr were introduced to the world: Trustt, Solace, Valor, Prodigy and Dejavu - called Team Trakr in his honor. All have been charged with carrying on Trakr's extraordinary search and rescue legacy.
Trakr lived in Los Angeles with his devoted companion, James until April 2009 when he died peacefully at their home. He was 16 years old.