Comfort Dog Ministries at Our Savior
Our Savior has partnered with Lutheran Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dog ministries for several years. This ministry is a bridge that opens doors of conversation about faith, and brings mercy, compassion, presence, and the proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
Mercy is the Comfort Dog who is staffed at Our Savior Lutheran Church. She has been with us since 2014 and serves every day in the local Louisville area and around the country. Many times she is deployed when disaster or crisis affects a community. She and her team have been deployed to many crisis situations around the country including Parkland, FL, Baton Rouge, LA, Chattanooga, TN, and Marshall County, KY.
Mercy spends most of her time bringing comfort and compassion to those in the Louisville area. She regularly visits those in nursing homes, Veterans groups, Cancer Treatment Centers, and in Jefferson County Public Schools. She is well-loved by our community and by those at Our Savior.
Mercy only goes where she is invited and we never charge those whom we serve. If you would like to request Mercy's comfort and care team to visit you, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Pet Me!
Mercy is a comfort dog. She has had over 2,000 hours of training and is able to interact with people of all ages and in all circumstances. She loves to be petted by everyone! If you see her, be sure to give her some love.
Mercy has a whole team of volunteers at Our Savior who support her. She has several handlers and ministry partners who take her out into the community to wherever she is invited. These volunteers go through continual training to know how best to care Mercy and those who she visits.
Mercy Comfort Dog -- Getting to Know You
Your Name: Dave Walls
Your Comfort Dog role(s): Handler
Your profession: retired army officer / teacher
Your family members: wife, Marty
Your current pet(s): Purrfect, Betty, and Em (cats)
Your favorite childhood pets: French poodle
Places you regularly go with Mercy and handler: KY Veteran’s Home in Radcliff, KY, 12 different nursing homes with veterans
Your favorite thing about Mercy (or Mercyism): 1. When she is in a “rise” position and twists her body to allow a veteran to pet her. 2. Getting in the lap of Kevin who has MD. This is the only way he can touch her.
The service you usually attend: 8:30
Year you became a member at OSLC: 2015
Give to Mercy's Fund
The Comfort Dog ministry is funded entirely by extra gifts made by people who believe in this ministry and the good work it does for the community. If you would like to give to this fun, please click the "GIVE" link at the top of the page. This will allow Mercy to continue to serve in the community and around the country, as well as provide for ongoing training for her and her handlers.
Thank you for your support of this ministry and your love for Mercy!
Please save your aluminum cans and recycle them at Our Savior! Drop them off in the trailer parked in the southwest back corner of our church parking lot. All proceeds go to our Comfort Dog ministry. Thank you!
LCC K-9 COMFORT DOGS AND MINISTRY TEAMS DEPLOY FOR CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Love and Support to the Firefighters Helping Battle California Wildfires
Lutheran Church Charities was invited by Jeremy Sanders, Battalion Chief, Cal Fire, Employee Support Services, to bring the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to be the with the first responders protecting life and property of those affected by the California wildfires.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron (St. John's - Napa, California) and Micah (Light of the Valley, Elk Grove - California), and their teams deployed over the weekend to offer comfort to the firefighters and their leadership teams at Cal Fire Base Camp in Pleasanton who help battle the California wildfires.
California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed in an update Monday that the extent of the fire damage ravaging the state is now at 1.2 million acres, nearly the size of the entire Grand Canyon.
Comfort dogs deployed to help California firefighters relieve stress
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
(Monday, August 24, 2020 – YourCentralValley.com / Kirsten Mitchell)
CLICK HERE to watch broadcast.
Due to COVID-19, extra precautions were added to keep everyone safe. The LCC K-9 Ministry teams entered through a tent and were temperature screened. This single entrance allowed them to be right there as the firefighters came in off the line.
Most have not seen their families or their pets since mid-August. The LCC K-9 Ministry teams were encouraged that the LCC K-9's were remembered from previous years. Some firefighters had the dogs' business cards and one had printed a picture of her and an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog that she carries with her protected in a plastic resealable bag.
Please pray for these courageous men and women who put their lives on the line to stop these dangerous and destructive fires. God bless them all and those affected by these fires.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1)
LCC never goes where we are not invited. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges those we serve. We pick up all of our travel and meal costs. We put boots and paws on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Please consider a donation to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.