Living, Sharing, & Celebrating Christ's Love in Our Community

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 

Welcome to the St. Paul's Comfort Dog Ministry Page!

St. Paul's Comfort Dog Mission Statement:

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About us: 

A group consisting of Tom & Cheryl Skelly, Tom & Diane Moore, Lynne Jacobson, Kathy Overley, and Ashley Ausen started meeting June 2016 brainstorming ideas on how to bring a Comfort Dog to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School. Meetings with Pastor confirmed this a Mission St. Paul's was extremely interested in pursuing. Over a year later, our team has grown, applications have been submitted, and we are waiting "patiently" for God to bless us with a dog!

Current Status of our Comfort Dog:

A deposit has been made!! Our dog has started training! Now we wait and pray for God to continue to bless us on this journey! Check out the bulletin board in the church Narthex. One of these puppies in training may be our future comfort dog.


Comfort Team in Training

 Lutheran Church Charities Regional Gathering in Belvidere, IL



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About the Comfort Dog Ministry

History of the Ministry

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Comfort Dog 101

Q: What is a comfort dog?


Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The dogs participate in scheduled and special events. Dogs are permanently placed with churches, schools and other ministries involved in Christian human care by LCC. Permanent placement includes full training for handlers and caregivers along with ongoing support, coaching and training. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs live in the homes of assigned caregivers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serve every day in the community in which they are placed and are dispatched in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were in New York and New Jersey visiting victims of Superstorm Sandy, and in Connecticut after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lutheran Church Charities currently has over 130 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in more than 20 states. LCC operates two training facilities in Illinois and Nebraska.




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