September 11, 2001 was an changed the world forever, shattering lives and questioning our security. “Saved” is a series about animals who helped the healing process, premiering on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. ET. `
While the events of 9/11 touched each American, some families suffered even greater tragedies. A special sneak peek of Animal Planet’s fall series SAVED introduces viewers to two NYC families who experienced the 9/11 trauma first hand and whose unique bonds with their pets helped them deal with loss and cope through pain.
The series tells the stories of people who suffered personal loss due ot the terrorist attacks of 9-11. While nothing can bring back their loved ones, they found that their pets helped them endure the grieving process.
When New York firefighters and brothers Timmy and Tommy Haskell died protecting the citizens of
their city, responding to the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, the loss was unbearable for their surviving brother, mother and sister. Desperately wanting to hold onto anything reminiscent of her son, their mother Maureen took in Timmy’s Dalmatian, Blaze. Miraculously, Blaze initiated the healing process, getting the family through their darkest time.
In another family the traumatic effects of seeing the collapse of the Twin Towers, along with the smoke and debris filled air, left a four year old child named Kate, in a state of shock. A series of a specialists could not seem to bring her out of her state of shock. Happily, she met her new Yorkshire Terrier, named Scout, who seemed to rekindle her spirit.
“Saved” is a six-part series that uplifts spirits and proves that animals have the power to
transform human lives. Each story reveals people eclipsed by their darkest hours who then find
light and hope in the purest of forms – animals.
SAVED is produced by Picture Shack for Animal Planet.
9-11 specials OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero by Steven Spielberg on Discovery
Heroes of the 88th Floor on about heroism on 9-11 on TLC
Crazy aquariums and family on Tanked on Animal Planet