12 comfort dogs and their handlers are in Orlando to provide comfort after Saturday night’s horrific shooting which left 49 people dead.
Gracie is a comfort dog at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Davenport, Iowa. Along with 11 of her friends, who are all trained, the comfort dogs interact with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations.
It was 100 degrees in Orlando when the dogs arrived and each were given a bag of ice. Gracie Comfort Dog (on the left) enjoyed eating hers and Jacob Comfort Dog (right) laid on his.
The dogs and their handlers attended a vigil with more than 5,000 people in Orlando.
The team also met with Orlando first responders.
The comfort dogs will be stationed out of the Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando after being invited by the Lutheran District to bring their message of comfort and compassion for those who are grieving loss and for those who are injured and hospitalized.
The dogs are from all over the midwest and the south, with handlers and their dogs convening in Florida from Illinois, Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas.