After the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, an organization has come forward to provide some comfort and love to the survivors of the attack by arranging adorable therapy dogs to assist them in their healing process.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, affiliated with Lutheran Church Charities, has arranged for a group of therapy dogs to be in Las Vegas to comfort first responders, survivors, victims’ families, and many others after the Las Vegas attack, which killed 58 people and injured almost 500 people, ABC News reported.
“The key is for people to cry and for people to start talking about what they’re are going through, and it’s a key part of the healing process. The great thing about the dogs, they’re unconditional, confidential and safe,” said Tim Hetzner, president and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities and founder of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries.
“Dogs have an incredible sense of when somebody is hurting. They’ll just come and lay themselves into somebody’s lap,” he added.
The organization that was started by Hetzner in 2008 with only four dogs has grown to have over 130 therapy dogs and is located in 23 states. This is not the first time these dogs have participated in the aftermath of a disaster; they have also responded to other tragedies like the Dallas shooting.
These dogs have since visited schools and hospitals to offer comfort. Hetzner said that the dogs also went to the Las Vegas Convention Center to comfort the families who are there waiting for updates on their loved ones.
Though the dogs have gone to many places, the organization said that they do not go to places uninvited. “We only go where we are invited and we never charge who we serve. We try to put boots and paws on the ground within 24 hours,” Hetzner said.