Trinity Lutheran Church and School is excited to have Katie on staff as part of the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Katie came to us in July 2015, and has been busy bringing comfort to Fremont and its surrounding communities. She has also been hard at work bringing comfort to local families who have suffered both physical and personal loss. Throughout Katie's time on staff, she has traveled to Oregon, Oklahoma, Dallas, Orlando, Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida delivering comfort to those affected by tragedies in each location. During the week, Katie enjoys spending time with the children at our school.
Lutheran Church Charities is a non-profit organization based out of Chicago and started the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry in 2008. They originally started their ministry with four dogs, and it has since grown to over 140 dogs in 25 states. Because of the K-9 Comfort Dogs' success, they were named by TIME magazine as one of eleven "most influential animals of the year" in 2013 and were featured on Good Morning America to recognize their impact in tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings, the Moore, Oklahoma tornados, and the Boston Marathon bombings.
In Fremont, Katie will continue serving people of all ages and backgrounds. As a trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Katie will visit churches, nursing homes, hospitals, events and disaster response situations when she is invited. Katie is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Please feel free to follow Katie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.