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Comfort Dogs Head To Orlando To Help Families & Victims Heal

(ANIMAL NEWS/SERVICE DOGS) Following the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub Saturday night, comfort dogs from Chicago flew out of O’Hare Airport Monday morning to help families and victims of the tragedy heal.

Twelve of the service dogs were invited by a local Lutheran church that has an outreach program with the LGBT community. Many of the dogs were also deployed following other national tragedies like the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting as well as the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Continue reading and watch the video clip below for more on how the dogs will be lending a helping paw to the Orlando community. — Global Animal

Comfort dogs at Chicago O'Hare International Airport before traveling to Orlando, Florida to comfort families and victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting Saturday night. Photo Credit: ABC 7 Chicago

Comfort dogs at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport before traveling to Orlando, Florida to comfort families and victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting that took place Saturday night. Photo Credit: ABC 7 Chicago

ABC 7 Chicago,  Diane Pathieu

Comfort dogs flew out of O’Hare Monday morning.

In moments of disaster, the comfort dogs provide healing to victims that need it most.

The first team of comfort dogs are now on their way to Orlando.

The dogs were asked to come down to Orlando and work through a local Lutheran church that has an outreach program for the LGBT community.

The team, which also includes 19 people traveling with the 12 comfort dogs, will also be working in local hospitals with the injured victims and the first responders.

“With 50 dead and a number in the hospital and the first responders and all that, we’ll have plenty of work to do. I’m sure there’s a lot of shook up people down there,” said Tim Hetzner, president. “The dogs are great listeners, non-judgmental, and we’re just there to help people and listen to people as they talk about what they’ve gone through and the fears that they have and an important part of the healing process is just letting people talk.”

The crew plans to stay down in Florida until next Monday.

“When you pet the dogs they pick up the emotions of people petting them, and it’s the same way when you’re talking to people and hearing their stories, you feel for them,” said Hetzner.


More ABC 7 Chicago: http://abc7chicago.com/news/chicago-comfort-dogs-head-to-orlando/1383426/

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