Here’s a wonderful story about the comfort dogs who flew to Las Vegas to help comfort the mass shooting survivors.  Check it out.

LCC-K9 comfort dogs are trained Comfort Dogs for Lutheran Church Charities. They interact with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events and in disaster situations.

According to their mission statement:

” A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.”
I think we all agree with that!

When victims of attacks like the shooting in Las Vegas are recovering, they are often left with many emotional and mental wounds, as well as physical ones, that also need support so they can truly process their experience.

And one great source of comfort is a supportive hug from a trained comfort dog.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Courtesy of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

The day after the attack, The LCC-K9 comfort dogs, backed by the Lutheran Church Charities, announced they were headed to Las Vegas to help heal the injured survivors.

The nine trained dogs visited hospitals to provide therapeutic comfort to survivors and attended candlelight vigils for those who did not survive the attack. Therapy dogs are often used as part of mental health services.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Courtesy of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

The benefits of therapy dogs are extremely well documented. There is also an ongoing program to place therapy dogs with veterans who are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), known as Pets for Vets.

Tim Hetzner, founder of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries, told ABC news, “[The dogs are] unconditional, confidential, and safe. Dogs have an incredible sense of when somebody is hurting. They’ll just come and lay themselves into somebody’s lap.”

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Courtesy of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

While it’s certainly not a replacement for other mental health services, a furry pup in your lap can certainly give great comfort in times of tragedy.

Learn more about these wonderful comfort dogs below.

Click here for their facebook page.

Click here for their twitter.

 

The Gift Box Believes In Giving Back Too!

We support Pets For Patriots.

Pets for Patriots helps United States military veterans adopt a new pet friend while giving the most overlooked shelter dogs and cats hope and a home.To promote the human-animal bond and reduce the chance of adopted animals being surrendered to shelters, Pets for Patriots provides veterans with various benefits to make pet guardianship more affordable over the life of the pet, including ‘welcome home’ contributions for pet food and other essentials, access to high-quality, discounted veterinary care, and discounts on a range of pet-related goods and services.Every day 22 veterans take their own lives. Every eight seconds a dog or cat is put to death for lack of anyone to adopt them. Companion pet adoption saves two lives.

Pets for Patriots is the only nationally operating nonprofit that:

  • Serves veterans at all career stages and from all armed forces, from WWII veterans to active duty
  • Focuses on the most overlooked sheltered animals
  • Addresses surrender prevention by making pet guardianship more affordable for our nation’s military veterans.

Click here to learn about our support for Pets For Patriots, and the other causes we support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H/T TravelandLeisure

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