St. Mark’s in Elberta, AL, hosted three comfort dogs and their handlers to help those in our community who have suffered the effects of Hurricane Sally. The dogs went to three schools on Friday, October 2, and stayed in the Elberta area at the town park and the church on Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4. They are part of Lutheran Church Charities, a national human care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred golden retrievers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The dogs participate in scheduled and special events. Dogs are permanently placed with churches, schools, and other ministries involved in Christian human care by LCC. Permanent placement includes full training for handlers and caregivers along with ongoing support, coaching, and training. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs live in the homes of assigned caregivers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serve every day in the community in which they are placed, and they are dispatched in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them.
Lutheran Church Charities currently has over 130 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in more than 27 states. LCC operates training facilities in Illinois and Nebraska.