In an effort to provide comfort to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, five trained therapy Golden Retrievers were transported to the First Lutheran Church of Boston, just a few blocks from where the tragedy occurred. The dogs were sponsored by Lutheran Church Charities who has an entire team of dogs at the ready to respond to crisis situations.
A glance at their website, LutheranChurchCharities.org, reveals 18 dogs in the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, with more than a dozen additional affiliate members in states including Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska and several pictures of comfort dogs in training. Thumbnail photos depict smiling canine faces along with their names (Addie, Magic, Miriam, etc.) and a link to their own Facebook pages. When the dogs are not responding to crisis situations, they are busy visiting schools, nursing homes, hospitals and attending awareness events.