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:

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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's Team

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:  Dana Netherton

  • Your Comfort Dog role(s):  Handler

  • Your profession:  Teacher at OSLS

  • Your family members:  husband, Doug; children, Emily and Michael

  • Your current pet(s):  Albert (puppy), Monty (cat), Harrison (cat)

  • Your favorite childhood pets:  Cuddles the guinea pig

  • Places you regularly go with Mercy and handler:  Gilda’s Club, Our Savior Lutheran Church & School, Buddy Break at Middletown Christian

  • Your favorite thing about Mercy (or Mercyism): ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ I love when Mercy presses her head against by legs, while I am standing.  It is her way of greeting the people she loves and trusts.

  • The service you usually attend: 8:30 or 11:00

  • Year you became a member at OSLC:  2001

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!

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