The shooting at a school in Uvalade, Texas, has left many families in the area in deep mourning. To overcome this, five different organizations have deployed therapy dogs to provide comfort to the affected families.
Therapy Dogs, also often referred to as Comfort Dogs, provide a valuable service to individuals who experience traumatic events that can affect them psychologically. These are often used to help people who have gone through difficult situations or have mental health problems.
Comfort dogs have arrived in Texas. They will be the best sight for children. The group of volunteers said they would stay with the community for as long as they needed. pic.twitter.com/sqfseKHo25
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According to NPR, The Lutheran Church charity has deployed eight Golden Retrievers in the area and more are expected. Speaking to the publication, Chaplin Chris Blair said, “Many people build walls when they have heavy emotions, and so lending our dogs to them sometimes breaks those walls. Humans can’t necessarily cross, but dogs must cross that wall.” Will begin to move away from, and will be able to distract them from the chaos that is going on and allow them to focus on something happy. “
Comfort dogs help not only the families of the victims, but also law enforcement officers and medical responders who are overwhelmed by the situation.
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Many users have posted pictures of the comfort dog at the memorial for the shooting. One of them, Sharon Murphy, wrote, “Comfort Dogs in Texas today. The light may have dimmed, but it won’t be dark. @ K9ComfortDogs”
The shootings have once again sparked a heated debate in the United States over gun safety and accessibility, and President Joe Biden pledged earlier this week to push for a “more reasonable” approach to gun control in light of the country’s latest mass shootings.