The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Lois is a K-9 comfort dog (LCC Comfort Dog Ministry) cared for by trained handlers, including TST President Rick Pollock.
By now, you’ve probably met or at least heard about Lois. She’s a Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 Comfort Dog trained to interact with people in crisis. TST President Rick Pollock is one of her trained handlers and caregivers. Golden Retrievers like Lois are trained to interact with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and special events.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry arranges for comfort dogs like Lois to live in the homes of their caregivers like Rick. Lois and other canine members of the team serve every day in the communities in which they are placed and are dispatched in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those suffering or grieving, including first responders and volunteers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are canine friends who bring a calming influence, allowing people to open their hearts and receive the help they need.
About the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Launched in 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. This month, for example, the LCC disaster response team deployed to help assess catastrophic tornado damage in the hardest-hit areas of Kentucky. In addition, 12 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin traveled to be with the heartbroken community of Oxford, Michigan, after the deadly shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, 2021.
After 59 people were killed and more than 550 wounded in the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, LCC Ministry teams and their K-9 Comfort Dog partners responded immediately, visiting hospitals, schools, churches, and first responders, as well as participating in community vigils. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were also in New York and New Jersey visiting victims of Superstorm Sandy, as well as in Connecticut after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. LCC currently has more than 130 K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in more than 27 states.
We Believe in Giving Back to Our Community
TST believes that all businesses have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is especially close to our hearts.
LCC never charges those they serve, and 100% of their operating budget comes from your generous gifts. Donations help to defray future travel costs for the dogs and their handlers as they continue to reach out to those hurting and in need. LCC is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.
Happy Holidays from Rick Pollock and the entire TST team