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Comfort Dogs
The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes Print E-mail
St Johns On Tuesday, May 21st, six LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers departed from Addison, Illinois for Moore, Oklahoma to respond to the tornadoes that devastated Moore and the surrounding communities. On Wednesday the teams met with Pastor Mark Bersche of St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore, Pastor Mark Muenchow of Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Oklahoma City, and Pastor Steve Lee of Peace Officer Ministries to determine where to best serve the people of Oklahoma.

By the afternoon, the teams were cu visiting victims in the pediatric and adult floors of the Oklahoma University Medical Center - Click to View CNN Segment. K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Kye, Bekah, Zeke, Lila, and Barnabas continued their rounds with visits to people in multiple relief centers (in Moore and other communities), police and fire stations, and with countless families being housed in dorms at Oklahoma University. At the end of the week, the team was joined by K-9's Jackson and Louie from Joplin, Missouri and Moses from Cairo, Nebraska. In total, nine K-9's and their handlers, representing four states, joined in the response. LCC will continue to serve Oklahoma with the Comfort Dogs.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund to help keep the K-9's serving in Oklahoma
Click here if you would like to donate to the Tornado Relief Fund
Click here to view photos from Moore, OK
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:22
K-9 Comfort Dog Visit to St.Paul, Chicago Print E-mail
Pastor Bass On Sunday, May 26, LCC staff members Marshal and Kolyssa Frisque, along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Zoey, visited the Sunday School students and Bible study members at St. Paul Lutheran Church 5650 N Canfield Ave, Chicago, Illinois. The Sunday School students designated their offerings to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Marshal presented to the group.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Visits Special Olympics Print E-mail
special olympics On Sunday, April 28th, Comfort Dog Tara and handler LCC staff member Marie Payes, visited the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 (Northwest Suburban Chicago) Annual Spring Games-Track and Field Competition in Mt. Prospect. There were more than 700 athletes, 1,200 volunteers and nearly 3,000 spectators. Tara and Marie greeted athletes, volunteers and visitors at the Hospitality Tent. This was the 18th year that Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Palatine has sponsored the Hospitality Tent.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:09
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. John, Elgin Print E-mail
Chewie The K-9 Comfort Dogs are invited to St John Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois every year and the dogs love the visit. This year Pastor Roger Pollock did the chapel message for the students on comfort. After chapel the students had a chance to visit with K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie and Tillie.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Liberty Elementary School Print E-mail
Liberty Elementary The 5th through 8th grades at Liberty Elementary School in Bartlett, Illinois had a visit from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. There were two assemblies set for the middle school. The students learned about the recent disasters and the history of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Teachers and students asked great questions and had a chance to visit with K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena, Ladel, Star and Olympia.
LCC Thanks EMS and First Responders As We Celebrate National EMS Week 2013 Print E-mail
moore tornado14 Lutheran Church Charities and all the K-9 Comfort Dogs would like to say thank you to all the Emergency Medical Service members and First Responders around the country and world. This week is National EMS Week, make sure to say thank you to your local EMS! To learn more about National EMS Week 2013 click here. Click here to see the photos of the K-9 Comfort Dogs with EMS and First Responders
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:10
K-9 Comfort Dog "Butter Report" Print E-mail
Butter K-9 Comfort Dog, Butter, report: I attended Ascension Day services last Thursday. Then we went to the Ladies of St. John's cookie exchange. I expected crumbs! On Sunday I greeted at church. Then on Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday, I stayed in the church office with Lynne. The mail lady came with her pocket full of dog treats. It was fun to see Mary Ann and Rick too.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Sandy Hook 5-K Run Print E-mail
k9 addie On Saturday, May 18, K-9 Comfort Dogs Addie and Maggie attended the Spring Forward for Sandy Hook 5K in support of Immanuel Danbury handler, Jen Marr, who ran the race to support the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Community Fundraiser Print E-mail
trinity crown point On Saturday, May 18, K-9 Comfort Dogs Darlin, Prince and Barnabas were at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crown Point, IN for their community fundraiser. They met and greeted many of the people that attended the event.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Mount St. Joseph Print E-mail
st joseph K-9 Comfort Dogs Ladel, from St. Matthew in Hawthorn Woods, IL and JoJo, from Living Christ in Arlington Heights, IL visited with developmentally handicapped women at Mount St. Joseph's in Lake Zurich, IL.

The Mount St. Joseph facility is a sprawling complex on 160 acres north of Lake Zurich. The buildings and grounds are beautifully maintained creating a wonderful home for about 130 women. K-9 Comfort Dogs Ladel and JoJo were able to visit with women in three of the "cottages" in the facility. They spent about two hours letting Ladel and JoJo work their "magic" while the handlers Scott, Kathy and Deb were able to talk to the women about their favorite activities, their home, their families, and Jesus! They were all taken by their sweet and simple hearts and the wonderful and loving care the sisters offer these women. We all look forward to going back to visit again!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:27
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Sunday School Print E-mail
k9 immanuel On Sunday, May 19, K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Olympia, along with LCC staff Bruce Knosher and Dianna Bonfield, visited the Sunday School students and teachers and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst. The students learned about the Comfort Dog ministry and were able to visit with Luther and Olympia. LCC was presented a check from the Immanuel Sunday School to help support the K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:52
Our Savior Lutheran Church in Louisville, Kentucky Welcomes Newest K-9 Comfort Dog, Rachel! Print E-mail
Rachel It was a busy weekend as LCC Co-Directors of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich and Dona Martin, along with trainer Jeanne Moore arrived in Louisville this past weekend. They were there to conduct two handler training sessions and then attend the Passing of the Leash Ceremony at both Sunday services. Rachel and her LCC Comfort Dog friend Ruthie were on hand to help in the training of 14 handlers and helpers. LCC looks forward to our newest K-9 Comfort Dog affiliate, Our Savior Lutheran Church, and the lives they will touch with the help of Rachel. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:25
Response to Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma Print E-mail

Lutheran Church Charities and the Northern Illinois District and Beyond Respond to Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma

Moore, OklahomaEarly reports of many fatalities, injuries, and severe damage are coming in from Moore, Oklahoma where a massive tornado cut a two-mile wide path through this town of 56,000 people.

The best ways to assist with devastation on this scale always takes time to sort out. At this time only approved emergency responders are permitted to enter Moore. No specifics have yet been shared on what needs to be done and the process through which help will be received. However, the most immediate need is cash assistance.

Lutheran Church Charities - working through the District President of the Northern Illinois District - will be collecting money to help Pastor Mark Muenchow from Messiah Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City minister to the families in the community who have suffered loss. All donations for this disaster...dollar for dollar...will be directed to the most pressing needs as determined by Messiah Lutheran.

Moore, OklahomaWe will continue to monitor the situation for additional help that they may need, stay in contact with our churches in Oklahoma, and share updates as they become available.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have received an invitation from Pastor Muenchow and Messiah Lutheran Church, and are on standby and will deploy to Oklahoma as early as tomorrow. We are waiting for word when it is safe to enter the area. Please keep all in your prayers.

LCC never charges those we serve and we rely on donors to help cover our expenses. Click here if you would like to help cover travel expenses for our K-9 Comfort Dog team.

How to Help

1. Pray - for those who have lost loved ones, for those who lost property and belongings, for the Pastors, relief workers, volunteers, and all others serving those who have been displaced by the tornadoes.
2. Pray - Pray for Messiah Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
3. Contribute to Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Relief.

Thank you for Making A Difference in the name of Christ to those suffering loss.

Tim Hetzner
Lutheran Church Charities

NID President Dan Gilbert
Rev Dan Gilbert
Northern Illinois District
LCC Welcomes the Newest K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Print E-mail
martin profile Martin Comfort Dog in Training

Martin comes to us from a donor in Wisconsin. He is an American Golden Retriever and is nine weeks old. He will be trained in the LCC office by staff.

Click here to LIKE Martin on Facebook

eddie profile Edward (Eddie) Comfort Dog in Training

Eddie comes to us from a donor in South Dakota. He is a European Cream Golden Retriever and is 13 weeks old. He will be trained by LCC staff.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:26
K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Nursing Home Print E-mail
k9 zoey On Saturday, May 11, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training, Zoey, along with LCC staff members, Marshal and Kolyssa Frisque, visited the members of Fair Oaks Nursing Home in South Beloit, IL. While there they attended a Mother's Day tea and met with many people and brought all of them lots of smiles and comfort!
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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!