Newtown, Connecticut will forever be changed by the shooting massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary. As the healing begins, a group of four-legged friends came to the rescue to help.
A group of Golden Retrievers visited the tragedy-struck homes in Newtown, days after an elementary school shooting there killed 20 children and six adults.
The dogs, which are part of the Illinois-based Lutheran Church Charities program, were deployed to offer comfort to shaken residents and children.
The dogs that were deployed include: Ruthie, Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Luther and Prince. Each has its own Facebook page, Twitter account, email account and plenty of love to share for those that are in need.
Dog handler Lynn Buhrke is more than willing to share the dogs with the residents of Newtown and encourages anyone who is overwhelmed with grief to spend time with the dogs and simply obtain a state of peace in the midst of the tragedy. Buhrke and her team of canine comforters joined students for a special after-school program Monday.
Lutheran Church Charities’ president Tim Hetzner told media outlets that the dogs are loving, kind and offer support to anyone, regardless: “Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” Hetzner told media outlets.
The dogs will visit several schools in Connecticut in an effort to help children begin to heal from the recent tragedy.
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Cicely C. Mitchell, MIX 96.5/Houston