Back in December, I wrote about dogs who are specially trained to assist in post-traumatic stress situations when they went to console the people of Newtown, Connecticut. Known as the Comfort Dogs for Lutheran Church Charities, the dogs are specially trained to interact with people in disaster situations. Now, they have arrived in Boston to comfort its devastated community.
Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, says the dogs will stay at least until Sunday.
The dogs will be stationed at First Lutheran Church, which is within a few blocks from the finish line where the bombings took place. Hetzner and his team also hope to visit over 100 victims still in hospitals, and says the dogs bring much needed therapy to the frightened and injured:
“They bring a calming effect to people and help them process the various emotions that they go through in times like this. “People talk to the dogs – they’re like furry counselors. It’s a chance to help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings.”