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Comfort Dogs
2nd Team Arrives in Roseburg, Oregon and UCC Campus Print E-mail
K-9s travel to Oregon and Texas A second team of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers left early Sunday morning and have arrived in Roseburg, Oregon. The administration of Umpqua Community College requested the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs be on campus first thing Monday morning, October 12th, when students return to classes on campus.

Please keep the students, faculty, and staff of UCC in your prayers as they transition back to the classroom.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:22
Special Appeal - Second Urgent Request From Roseburg Oregon for Additional Comfort Dog Teams Print E-mail
”UCC" Umpqua Community College Administration Request Additional Week of Comfort Dogs for Returning Students

First, allow me to THANK YOU for your Generous Support of last week's Special Appeal asking for your help in getting our K-9 Comfort Dog Teams to Roseburg, Oregon in the wake of the horrific mass shootings which claimed 10 lives and seriously injured 9. On behalf of all those we have served this past week, Thank You!! I am coming to you again for your help and support as the Administration from UCC has requested a larger team to be on campus next week when the student body returns. The teams there now are tired and need to be refreshed and increased.

”UCC" In the midst of crisis God works - and works through His People. Healing - Hope - Compassion - the listening presence of another and the soft fur of a Comfort Dog; all things that God does and works through. What an impact for Jesus Christ in bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering!

In talking with the deployed team, what echoes in my mind is team leader Rich Martin saying ... "We have never prayed with more people in a deployment than this one. It is non-stop, people wanting to talk and wanting us to pray!"

CLICK HERE to read on-the-ground updates from Rich Martin

CLICK HERE to Donate

”UCC"College Campuses are such an important ministry field. Many college students have given up on "church" - but they haven't given up on wanting meaning and purpose in life. This was demonstrated by those who willing confessed to being a Christian, knowing they would be shot in the head. I wonder how many in church on Sunday morning would do the same.

Which is more impactful - a statement on what you believe - or a demonstration of what you are willing to die for! The faith of those who were willing to die for being a Christian has impacted this whole community. It is what now rings through everyone's mind. Those who were willing to die for what they believe are being called "heroes" and rightfully so.

Others now want to know who and what their fellow students died for!

I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35

”UCC"The administration at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has asked the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to be on their campus - the only outside group to this point allowed on the campus. They have urgently requested us to be there in full force with the Comfort Dogs when the students return next week.


When asked, we go! When asked to serve, we serve! We never charge those we serve,through your generous gifts LCC covers all the expenses so that we can bring the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to those who are suffering. This is what Christians do!

We are asking those so moved to help us with the transportation, lodging, and meal costs to bring out a new team of Comfort Dogs and handlers. Since they are asking for more Comfort Dogs when the students return, we will go, knowing that God has ALWAYS provided what we need to do what He calls us to do!

”UCC"Consider helping cover the costs of our transportation, hotel, and meals. What is not covered is being personally paid for by those going to serve.

An LCC ministry partner, Lutheran Legacy Foundation, which exists to help people in need with the Presence of Jesus Christ, has contacted LCC and graciously offered a Challenge Grant to cover half of the costs for this second deployment. Your gift, large or small will count toward meeting this Challenge Grant and sending Comfort Dogs and trained ministry handlers to Roseburg, Oregon. (See more about Lutheran Legacy Foundation at the bottom of this email)

Help us share this message to hurting, confused, and scared students and members of the community:

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalms 56:3

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. Psalms 138:7

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10:28

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Ways you can support and be part of the effort to bring hope and healing to the community of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

Thank you for your partnership in being the hands and feet of Jesus with us and the Comfort Dogs and Making a Difference in people's lives and souls.

Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need.


Tim Hetzner, President
Lutheran Church Charities

The Holy Spirit has been working from day one through our teams. CLICK HERE to read on-the-ground updates from Rich Martin, LCC K-9 staff leader.

To donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog fund CLICK HERE

To watch a video from Fox 12 Oregon on the K-9 Comfort Dogs comforting at UCC, CLICK HERE

To read an article on about the K-9 Comfort Dogs welcoming students back to campus, CLICK HERE

To read articles on about the K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Lutheran Legacy Foundation is a community foundation serving Lutheran Organizations and Christians with a variety of philanthropic products and services. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 08:22
LCC Receives Kind Message Regarding Site Visit Print E-mail
”Community LCC received a very nice note in response to the Comfort Dogs visiting Trinity Lutheran Church (Burr Ridge, IL) and their community clinic. Linda Isbell of Trinity wrote:
“We can't thank you enough for having the dogs at the Clinic. The Clinic was a huge success with over 250+ guests in attendance. The dogs were a huge hit. We had them right at the front entrance so immediately the people could see them when they walked in. The dogs were also walked throughout the clinic during the day. You could really tell the difference in some people who were nervous/scared or really shy how much they opened up when they were petting the dogs. Of course, the dogs are so cuddly and sweet that the kids never wanted to leave them. Some of the kids who looked like they didn't want to be there really changed their attitude when the dogs were around them.

We heard over and over again - Oh, doggies from little toddlers and then they'd run up to them. I saw one little boy who was crying and hanging onto his mom's leg and didn't want to look at anyone who saw the dog and went over there and then when we started to talk to him, he started talking and ended up walking around the clinic next to his mother instead of all over her. Of course he kept looking back for the doggie. There's nothing better than having a kid who won't look at you suddenly engaged in conversations. “

LCC would like to thank Trinity for the invitation and congratulate them for their success with the clinic.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 12:14
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Elmhurst Fire Department Open House on October 4th Print E-mail
”Open On Sunday, October 4th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended the Elmhurst Fire Station Open House. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training that attended were Rhoda, Jonah, Reuben, Sarah, and Olive. Angel Comfort Dog (St. John’s-LaGrange, IL) also stopped by to visit. A large group of new trainers came by with Comfort Dogs Prince, Barney, Zoey, Priscilla, Claudia, Gracie, Noah and Eve from the training facility for a session in a “real visit” environment. The organizers of the event were happy to see so many dogs and the community was thrilled to have so much comfort in one place!

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 12:26
Esther Comfort Dog Enjoyed Her First Day of School! Print E-mail
”Easter Recently placed Esther Comfort Dog (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Collinsville, IL) got right to work meeting and comforting students at Holy Cross Lutheran School this past week. We pray the students enjoy their visits with Esther!

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 12:31
Handlers of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Converge at LCC for Two Days of Intensive Training Print E-mail
”Training"Lutheran Church Charities completed an intensive two-day training for handlers on October 3-4. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring together new members for training and fellowship. LCC welcomed the following affiliates:
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, Lynnfield, MA with Comfort Dog Lydia
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA with Comfort Dog Gracie
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church, Louisville, KY with Comfort Dog Mercy
  • ”Training"
  • CUW Mequon, WI with Comfort Dog Zoey
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, IL with Comfort Dog Zippy
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN with Comfort Dogs Prince, Isaiah and Barnabas
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL with Comfort Dogs Kye and Bekah
  • Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO with Comfort Dog Noah
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Concordia, MO with Comfort Dog Jessy
  • LHSA, Milwaukee, WI with Comfort Dog Dora
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Mequon, IL with Comfort Dog Lila
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH (Comfort Dog Anna was unable to attend)
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry staff trained 5 veterans who will join our LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry team:
  • Chuck Fahncke US Navy 2002-2011
  • Fermin Domingo III US Marine Corps Navy and National Guard 1992-2005
  • Melissa Dix US Army 1994-2007
  • Jay Gettings US Marine 1993-1997
  • Ron Borcherding US Army 1972-1979
”Training"Melissa Dix from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL is the first female veteran to join our Kare-9 ranks. Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL and Trinity Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH have been added to LCC affiliates that are dual-vested in the Comfort Dog and Kare 9 ministries.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Kare 9 Military Ministry were blessed to work and train with such compassionate, loving and servant minded people. The new handlers showed patience, kindness, and compassion by their actions as they visited Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights and the Elmhurst Fire Department Open House.

God does not guarantee us a trouble-free journey, but he does ensure us that it will be meaningful.

Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:20
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deployed to Roseburg, Oregon Following Mass Shooting at Umpqua Community College Print E-mail
”UCC" On Sunday, October 4th, a group of six Comfort Dogs deployed to Roseburg, Oregon following the shootings at Umpqua Community College the previous Thursday, October 1st.

While the story was just being reported, LCC received a call from the Northwest District Disaster Response Coordinator, The Rev. Ron Norris, requesting the deployment of our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in response to this horrific mass shootings.

Following that initial call, the president of the Northwest District, Rev. Paul A. Linnemann, invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers to Oregon to assist their district with reaching those who are in need, with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

”UCC" The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Teams had traveled from four different states the previous 48 hours to reach Roseburg Oregon. Monday, the team met at 7:30am and started the day with devotions and prayer still awaiting God’s plan for the day. God’s call came at 8am through Pastor Sarkissian of Green Community Church. He would meet the K-9 team at Umpqua Community College as they wanted the Comfort Dogs present when the faculty and staff returned in the morning and the students were invited back at 1pm to retrieve lost articles from the day of the shootings.

When the team arrived, they were led into the center of the campus with their vehicles and given a briefing of what would be going on in the college that day. Veterans from the veteran center, the acting college President, the Sherriff, and the students all arrived shortly after the faculty.

Words cannot describe how strong the emotions were. One by one people recalled the accounts of the day while they petted the dogs. Remembering each minute, where they were and what they heard or saw. Heartbreaking, heroic, and lasting memories. The 6 K-9 teams responded with love and prayer which was so appreciated.

”UCC" We heard many accounts of the gunman’s question to his targets: “Are you a Christian?” The first person who asked and answered yes was shot and killed within seconds. The second person the gunman asked, “Are you a Christian?” knew what would happen if they answered yes, said yes and was executed. The question was repeatedly asked and when he asked the 7th person they also said yes and was executed. What brave and inspiring people who had unshakeable faith.

Mid-morning two of the teams went to Roseburg High School and then onto the Roseburg Fire Station 2. There, the students shared their stories of the day, as well as the stories of their friends and family who were directly impacted. The first responders were grateful that the K-9 teams came to visit. The day ended with a visit to the 911 dispatchers.

Please continue to lift up in prayer the victims, their families, and the community of Roseburg.

For more information about the trip from KETV Omaha, CLICK HERE

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2015 12:54
Martin Comfort Dog Meets Concordia University-Chicago President Print E-mail
”Martin This week, LCC Staff and K-9 Comfort Dog Martin (LCC K-9) attended the NID South Region Pastors Conference. LCC was grateful to renew connections with the pastors of the region, update them on LCC’s missions and hear about what their congregations are doing. On Tuesday, Martin Comfort Dog (LCC) was able to meet with Concordia University-Chicago President Rev. Dr. Daniel Gard. President Gard is the one of the keynote speakers. LCC appreciates all these pastors do and their leadership. We continue to pray the Lord bless and keep them as they continue to lead His flock.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:53
Trinity Lutheran Church - Burr Ridge Community Welcome Comfort Dogs to Free Health Clinic Print E-mail
”Community The K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel (St. John’s Lutheran Church- La Grange, IL), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church and School- Roselle, IL) and Tara Sunday (LCC) were privileged to help Trinity Lutheran Church (Burr Ridge, IL) in their efforts to provide a complimentary health clinic for their community. The clinic served almost 300 families with a prayer room, a dental exam, a physician consult, a massage and a spa haircut.

Before leaving for their homes, families had an opportunity to have a photo "op" and we're served a delicious luncheon. The weather cooperated by offering a pleasant outdoor space for gathering and visiting with staff and other families. What a special day!

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:19
Comfort Dogs-in-Training Comfort at Peace Lutheran Church’s (Lombard, IL) Picnic Print E-mail
”Peace Also on Sunday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Reuben and Naomi went to Peace Lutheran in Lombard, IL for their church picnic where they met people after the congregation had been informed about the Comfort Dog ministry. The handlers were able to tell the group about local events as well as deployments like the one to California and how the Comfort Dogs help people.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:17
Roselle Fire Department Invites Comfort and Kare-9 Dogs to Open House Print E-mail
”Roselle On Sunday, September 27th, the Roselle, IL Fire Department held their open house and invited the Comfort and Kare-9 Dogs. While there, the dogs got to meet many nice people and tell them about the work the the dogs and handlers do in the communities. The first responders are great people and the K-9 and Kare-9 group loves to visit them. The dogs that attended were Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle, IL), Adeena Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran, Burlington, IL), Sheba and Reuben Comfort Dogs-in-Training and LCC Kare-9s Brutus and Flex.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:17
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend St. James Lutheran Church and School Event Print E-mail
”Furry LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Rueben and Priscilla, along with their trainers, attended an event at St. James Lutheran Church and School in Chicago on Wednesday, September 23rd. The event, called Furry Friends, was an after-school program that the teachers set up for 1st-4th graders to teach students about all different kinds of dogs and their jobs.

Lora Webster of St. James Lutheran describes the reaction to the Comfort Dogs:

The students absolutely loved the dogs! We were very appreciative of the education the comfort dog handlers provided for our children. The handlers were professional and offered lots of useful information. The puppies were adorable, well behaved, and loved all the attention from the kids.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:54
Comfort Dog Anna Receives Special Message Print E-mail
”Comfort Comfort Dog Anna (Trinity Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH) made a special connection when she visited an assisted living facility a few weeks ago. Anna received the following message on Facebook:
"Hi. I just met Anna today (Sat., 9-19-15) at Luther Woods. I heard about her at an LWML board meeting just last month. I heard all good about this program and was touched to see such a charming gentle dog with a dignity of her own. Who by the way, is our LWML Fall Rally program this coming Oct. 3. How coincidental. So excited. My Mom just had her 13 yr. cat, Tabby euthanized a few months ago. I thank you so much for bringing Anna in to see my Mom who was just diagnosed with CHF and is now on total oxygen. She has struggled all week and down in the dumps and Anna was a pleasant surprise that uplifted her spirits. It truly made her day. Thank you for taking time to share this wonderful comforter. Such a small gesture that calms the heart and renews a spirit. At 88 that is so hard to do. God Bless many years ahead in this ongoing endeavor and may you find satisfaction in knowing it's not in vain. Thanks again, Andrea Gernheuser and Lura Jaeger of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH."
One of Anna’s handlers, Nancy Borders, describes another comforting opportunity for Anna:
“We even had an experience at dinner the other night where Anna suddenly came out from under our table to visit a woman who apparently had been seriously ill. The woman just kept petting Anna and telling her that she was going to be alright. That she was starting to gain some of her weight back. Anna knew that this woman needed her even though we had no idea! It is so amazing to sit back and watch who God puts in our path!”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:14
Lila Comfort Dog (Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Mequon, WI) Featured in FETCH Magazine! Print E-mail
Lila in Fetch

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:39
Comfort Dogs Visit with Glenview Fire Department Print E-mail
Fire Department The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited with the Glenview Fire Department on Monday, September 21, 2015.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:29
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Partners in Comfort

The Comfort Dog Ministry is made possible through the generous support of the following:

Veterinary Services provided by:

Dr. Michelle T. Cahill, DVM of Academy Animal Hospital, Joplin, MO

Drs. Glen Redeker and Erin Redeker-Goelitz of Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic, Carpentersville, Illinois

Lake Station Pet Clinic, Portage, Indiana

Dr Jacqueline Vernot of Veterinary Vision, Glendale Heights, Illinois

Dr. Paul A. Navin, DVM of All Pets Hospital in Lockport, IL

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital , Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Ron Mitchell, DVM of Westport Animal Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. John DeVries, DVM of The DeVries Animal Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois

Dr. Julie Mattson of Terry Animal Hospital, Wilmette, Illinois

Drs. Stapleton and Ford of Barrington Animal Hospital, Barrington, Illinois

Dr. Bohdan Rudawski of Fox Lake Animal Hospital, Fox Lake, Illinois

Dr. Brian Rooney of Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Darien, Illinois

Dr. Kurt E. Klepitsch of Gateway Veterinary Clinic, St. Charles, Illinois

Veterinarians of Care Animal Hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Dr. Kurt Bedow, DVM of Webster Groves Animal Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Grooming Services provided FREE by:

Debbie Szwandrok of Eclipse Dog Grooming, Elmhurst, Illinois

Ms. Lori Robinson and Staff, Best in Show Grooming, Lockport, Illinois

Denise Goelitz of Kitten KaPoodle Mobile Pet Grooming, Elgin, Illinois

Ana Ristic of Two Paws Up in Itasca, Illinois

Jeannie's Pet Boutique, Portage, Indiana

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs! Click here for more information!