Comfort K-9 Team Supports Orlando After Shooting
After the devastating mass shooting in Orlando at a gay nightclub, the Lutheran Church Charities sent their team of K-9 Comfort Dogs to support the shaken city.
12 dogs and their 20 handlers flew to Orlando early Monday following the event. They visited churches, hospitals as well as the staff of Pulse, the nightclub where the shooting occurred. Their intention was to bring love, relaxation and comfort to victims of the shooting, their families and the medical workers involved.
“Your blood pressure goes down when you pet a dog, you feel more comfortable, and people end up talking… They’re good listeners, they’re non-judgmental, they’re confidential,” Tim Hetzner, president of the LLC Comfort Dogs told ABC News.
Susie, a comfort dog, on Tuesday near a memorial site for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. Credit John Taggart/European Pressphoto Agency
After hearing about what the amazing LLC K-9 Comfort Dog team did to reach out and help those in need during such a difficult time, we wanted to show them some appreciation. We sent the dogs and their wonderful handlers a care package of Freshpet rolls and t-shirts as our way of saying thank you. We encourage you to reach out the LLC K-9 Comfort Dog Facebook page and show them love too!