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Just hours after tragedy struck in the idyllic town of Newtown, Connecticut, the K9 Comfort Dog Ministry, including 9 service dogs and 14 handlers, packed their bags and headed east.
When they arrived on Saturday morning, the Golden Retrievers’ presence alone brought smiles to the children and families grieving from the tragic shooting in their close-knit community. For the remainder of the week, the Comfort Dogs will be on the ground wherever they’re needed. They attend funerals, church services, and vigils, as well as visiting children and families in need of comfort.
“They’re wonderful listeners,” said one of the Comfort Dog’s handlers. “Part of the healing process is to allow people to share and to verbalize what they’ve gone through. The dogs are there to give unconditional love, mercy, and passion. They’re like counselors with fur.”
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