Comfort Dog Ministry

COMFORT DOG MINISTRY

Coming Soon to Messiah Lutheran Church!

Messiah is an Affiliate in the K9 Comfort Dog Ministry of Lutheran Church Charities (LCC). The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, launched in August 2008, is a national human-care ministry that embraces the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. Comfort Dogs serve every day in their community and are also deployed in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. They serve as a bridge for ministry and outreach. Comfort Dogs calm people, demonstrating unconditional love and are taught to be passive and gentle when working with people which makes then an effective comforter because they help people to feel safe. Their simple presence is calming and healing and encourages people to talk about their distress and begin the healing process.

Messiah eagerly anticipates the placement of our own Comfort Dog sometime in 2018! Our AKC Certified purebred Golden Retriever will come to us with having a minimum of 2,000 hours of training and over 30 commands, having passed the AKC Good Citizenship Test, and having been certified by Lutheran Church Charities. Our Comfort Dog will assist us in various caring and outreach ministries working daily to share the care and compassion in schools, senior centers/nursing homes, veteran/military organizations and events, community organizations, and charities just to name a few. He or She will also deploy in crisis or disaster situations when requested.

Learn more about what a Comfort Dog does through the video below. “Wags-n-Tales” was produced and directed by Ken Fay of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT, which won an Emmy in 2014.

For more Information, click on the link to the LCC website http://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/ click on the Comfort Dog ministry section.

 

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