DANBURY — Tails of Courage, a national dog rescue organization founded out of the ashes of the World Trade Center attacks, has found a permanent home in Danbury.
Brookfield’s Kristan Exner, a 9/11 survivor, local immigration attorney and founder of the group, said she has signed a lease on the former Wilcroft Kennels on Pembrook Road, the oldest kennel in Connecticut.
“The tragedy taught me a lot about life and doing the best I can every day,” Exner said. “It was important to me that I did something to honor those who didn’t make it.”
Already the facility is filled with more than 60 dogs, from puppies to adults, who are ready for adoption. The organization trains therapy dogs for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Exner, who was a paralegal working on the 52nd floor of the north tower when it was attacked on 9/11, had a cat named Otto, a therapy animal that helped her deal with her own trauma.
“He was an amazing animal,” Exner said. “He would sleep on my head and wake me up every time I would have a nightmare. I still have nightmares once in a while, but he was always there to take care of me.”