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Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jun 15, 2016
Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

Our furry little friends have banded together to aid in healing the city of Orlando.  More than a dozen comfort dogs were dispatched to Orlando this week, heading to the hospitals, churches, vigils, and people’s homes to provide emotional support to those affected by the tragic shooting this weekend. Comfort dogs are brought up to provide emotional support to humans.

“They help people relax and calm down,” Tim Hetzner, president of the LCC Comfort Dogs, told ABC News.

The Lutheran Church Charities(LCC) Comfort Dogs have been at the scene of countless acts of violence from the Sandy Hook Shooting to the Boston Marathon Bombing.

“Your blood pressure goes down when you pet a dog, you feel more comfortable, and people end up talking,” Hetzner said. “They’re good listeners, they’re non-judgmental, they’re confidential.”

Orlando will see one of the biggest national deployments of golden retrievers to date as the city – and the nation – reels following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Meet a few of the Dogs:

Comfort Dogs first responders
The LCC dogs cuddling with the first responders in Orlando. FACEBOOK.COM/K9COMFORT

Phoebe, from Texas, spends most of her time in hospices in her native Fort Worth.

Gracie hails from Davenport, Iowa. She was one of a number of dogs sent to a major vigil in the Orlando on Tuesday.

Sasha has traveled from Hiltonhead, South Carolina. She has been dispatched out of state four times, including to Oregon after the school shooting and to Illinois after a family died in a plane crash.

Finally, the first happy tear has made it to my face this week. These dogs aren’t just healing the people of Orlando; they are spreading smiles for miles.

To learn more about this organization and to continue the cuddles, please make a donation and visit: www.lutheranchurchcharities.org.