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St James is Not Alone Print E-mail

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

K-9 Comfort Dogs in Northrop, MN St. James Lutheran Church in Northrop, Minnesota is not alone. Holy Cross Collinsville, Illinois; Holy Cross Portage, Indiana; Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois; Peace Grand Island, Nebraska, St Michael’s Bloomington, Minnesota; Trinity Fremont, Nebraska, Trinity Toledo, Ohio; and Zion Fairmont, Minnesota joined their brothers and sisters in Christ to let them know they are not alone as they carry the load of loss and shock after the destruction of their church. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog handlers and dogs were present at Sunday’s packed worship service of almost 300 people held at Martin Luther High School in Northrop. Zion Fairmont was there to support their church with full communion.

So many moments of touching lives through the love and compassion of Christ. The Comfort Dogs brought comfort to the shocked and grieving congregation as the handlers supported, listened, and prayed with those they encountered.

The handlers and Comfort Dogs met Elaine, who last week had to put her beloved dog down, then Tuesday learned St. James burned down. So much loss at once. She was able to find comfort in being with the Comfort Dogs and sharing her grief with the handlers.

Handler Don Moeller and K-9 Eddie (Peace Grand Island, Nebraska) were present with the church organist, who is more worried about the children and how they will cope than with herself. The team gathered together to pray with this beautiful woman.

The team met Sandra and her special needs son, who are so lost and saddened by the loss of their church. Six generations of Sandra’s family were baptized at St. James. For Sandra and her son, losing the church is the same as losing family, home and friend. Deb and her son were able to share that grief with the handlers and furry K9 counselors. Sandra and her son were not alone.

After the service the team of handlers and Comfort Dogs journeyed to Lutz Wing Nursing Home in Fairmont. The residents were uplifted to see so many K9 Comfort Dogs and loved getting their own stuffed dog to keep. One resident said, “whenever dogs come to visit, I never get to keep one. Now I have one of my very own.”

Connie, one of the handlers for Eddie (Peace Grand Island, Nebraska) got to visit her 95-year-old 8th grade teacher, Harold Bergt from Trinity Lutheran School in Nebraska. Harold was an important influence in who Connie is today. She got to share stories with him and his family and had the opportunity to let him know how much she appreciated his teaching and positive influence in her life.

Finally, the team went to breakfast at the Green Mill Restaurant in Fairmont and met the staff, who are followers of K9 Comfort Dog Katie (Trinity Fremont, Nebraska). The waitress, Lizzie, was thrilled to meet comfort dog in training Lizzie (Elizabeth).

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry is about touching lives and sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. These are not just words, but actions. St James is not alone.

Please give today to help with the travel expenses of the LCC Comfort Dog Teams who have traveled to the Minnesota South District to serve these hurting men, women and children.
LCC ONLY goes where invited to serve and NEVER charges those whom we serve. The following K-9 teams are serving in Northrop, Minnesota:
  • Elizabeth (in training)
  • Anna - Trinity Toledo, Ohio
  • Barnabas - Holy Cross Portage, Indiana
  • Bekah - Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois
  • Butch - Kare 9 Military Ministry
  • Eddie - Peace Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Esther - Holy Cross Collinsville, Illinois
  • Katie - Trinity Fremont, Nebraska
  • Kye - Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois
  • Silas (in training)
In the News: Four Legged Friends Join St. James Lutheran Church Congregation and Community for Sunday's Service (KEYC Mankato)
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:06
 
LCC DR and Comfort Dogs Deployed to Northrop, Minnesota Print E-mail

“Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.” Ephesians 2:20

K-9 Comfort Dogs in Northrop, MN Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response and K-9 Comfort Dog Teams arrived in Northrop, Minnesota on Saturday, April 2 after being invited by The Rev. Robert C.Trueblood, Pastor and School Superintendent of St. James Lutheran Church and School..

Fire tore through St. James Lutheran Church in south-central Minnesota on Tuesday, March 29. The church, founded in 1890, is also home to Northrop's ONLY grade school — St. James Lutheran School, with children in pre-K through eighth grades. Total loss of the sanctuary. Thanks be to God that no live were lost in this tragic fire! However, lives will be changed and affected as the people of St. James now have no place to worship and the children have no school to attend at this time.

On Sunday, an 8 a.m. worship service was held at a temporary worship site at Martin Luther High School in town. LCC teams arrived at 7 a.m. to spend time in prayer with the Pastor and early arrivals. The children sat with the dogs during the worship and spent a great amount of time just holding onto the dogs, receiving comfort. The children in the school (60 of them) will also start on Monday in temporary classrooms at Martin Luther High School. The town of Northrop is about 225 people and most all attend St. James. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams have been requested to stay through Tuesday to greet the preschooler when they return to school.

The Comfort Dogs brought a great sense of peace to those hurting of all ages. Today (Sunday), the teams also visited Lutz Wing Nursing Home at Fairmont Community Hospital and will visit Truman Nursing Home on Monday.

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Please give today to help with the travel expenses of the LCC Comfort Dog Teams who have traveled to the Minnesota South District to serve these hurting men, women and children.
LCC ONLY goes where invited to serve and NEVER charges those whom we serve. The following K-9 teams are serving in Northrop, Minnesota:
  • Anna - Trinity Toledo, Ohio
  • Barnabas - Holy Cross Portage, Indiana
  • Bekah - Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois
  • Butch - Kare 9 Military Ministry
  • Eddie - Peace Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Elizabeth (in training)
  • Esther - Holy Cross Collinsville, Illinois
  • Katie - Trinity Fremont, Nebraska
  • Kye - Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois
  • Silas (in training)
In the News: Four Legged Friends Join St. James Lutheran Church Congregation and Community for Sunday's Service (KEYC Mankato)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:08
 
Comfort Dogs to Bring Sunny Smiles to Sunrise Senior Living Print E-mail
Sunny LCC Comfort Dog teams, along with Special In God's Eyes (SIGE), visited the memory care unit of Sunrise Senior Living of Barrington, IL. Ruthie Comfort Dog and LCC staff member Dona Martin had a special moment with a woman who cannot hear and can barely talk. She does not engage with anyone anymore, but she smiled when she touched Ruthie. SIGE and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry sends out special thanks to Sunrise for the invitation to visit and the opportunity to pray for all of those suffering from memory issues.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 07:55
 
Barnabas Comfort Dog Takes Houston by Storm Print E-mail
Barnabas in Houston K-9 Comfort Dogs: Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN) | Phoebe and Pax (St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Fort Worth, TX)

In spite of stormy weather, Barnabas Comfort Dog, along with his handlers Dan and Karen Fulkerson and Pastor Tim Engel (Messiah, Houston, TX), brought warmth and sunshine to the Lone Star State during a weeklong site visit in anticipation of a Comfort Dog being placed at Messiah, Houston, in 2017.

Barnabas’ work began in partnership with Phoebe and Pax, March 4-6. After a long day of traveling, the teams met the children and parents of the Messiah Lutheran Early Childhood Center on March 4.

The adventure included the canine trio visiting Camp Hope. Camp Hope is a faith-based agency, which provides interim housing for combat veterans who struggle with PTSD and other invisible scars from their military service. Seasoned warriors found themselves on the ground petting and hugging the dogs and then hugging and praying with the handlers and Messiah members. Mission accomplished!

As the working weekend continued, the dogs visited the shoppers at Memorial City Mall, who took time out from their errands to meet the dogs and learn from the handlers about the Comfort Dog Ministry. By then, the members of Messiah were gaining confidence in telling passersby about the work the dogs do in their home communities and across the country. Teams Phoebe and Pax returned to Fort Worth on Sunday afternoon, but Team Barnabas remained in Houston. After a little sightseeing in San Antonio, the Fulkersons, Barnabas and Pastor Engel paid visits to two Houston Lutheran schools.

On Wednesday, March 9, they were special guests in the third grade classroom at St. Mark Lutheran School, which was observing National Lutheran Schools Week. The students offered up thoughtful questions about Barnabas and his work. They learned the proper way to greet an unfamiliar dog.

Thursday, March 10, was a full day of classroom visits at Lutheran High North. Each student expressed their desire to have a Comfort dog in their school. Pastor Engel assured them that Messiah’s Comfort Dog Ministry would include a very active presence at their school, especially in times of sadness or crisis.

Barnabas returned home safely to Indiana with his handlers and is ready to continue to faithfully serve God’s people.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:29
 
History Fair is Golden Opportunity for K-9 Ministry Print E-mail
When Emerson Gilfry had to choose a topic for her 7th grade History Fair project at Trinity Lutheran School in Fremont, NE, her first and only choice was the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. It was a natural choice as Trinity is home to Katie Comfort Dog.

Golden Opportunity

Gilfry’s research included the following:
What is an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog?
How are they trained?
What does an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog do?
Golden Opportunity Comfort Dog Ministry plans for the future.

Gilfry’s research also included interviews with her 7th grade teacher, Mr. Tim Weinrich, and her mother, Dawn Gilfry, who are both caregiver/handlers to Katie. The 7th grader interviewed her mother about her experiences with Katie along with the other Comfort Dog teams while she was on deployment in both Roseburg, Oregon and Stillwater, Oklahoma. Emerson Gilfry’s favorite story is about Katie Comfort Dog attending the United Airlines Fantasy Flight in December 2016.

Emerson Gilfry earned an impressive second place medal at the History Fair. Making A Difference newsletter sources have learned that she was hoping for GOLD as to be in keeping with the Comfort Dog’s Golden Retriever breed.

In our book, Emerson Gilfry, you are GOLDEN! Congratulations!

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:33
 
Puppies, Prayers and Paying it Forward Print E-mail
Lund

When Candi and Brent Lund started following Lutheran Church Charities on Facebook at the urging of a friend, they had no idea that it was the beginning of a long journey with their beloved puppies that would stretch from Minnesota to Northbrook, Illinois.

Candi and Brent responsibly breed golden retrievers in Cambridge, Minnesota and enjoy paying it forward by donating a pup from each litter for training as a service dog. Their current litter of 10 had one particularly special pup who the Lunds believed possessed a “powerful nose” and the perfect demeanor for special service training and ministry. The Lunds began praying for an organization where they could place their special pup.

After seeing a photo of a LCC Comfort Dog on Facebook, the Lunds immediately contacted Teresa Gray, an LCC trainer. Prayer answered!

Lund

The Lunds were excited about the plans for their puppies at LCC because they are going to be trained and dual-vested as both K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare 9 Military Dogs. This is significant for Brent and Candi because their son, Christopher (23), is a member of the Minnesota National Guard and has completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Diagnosed with PTSD upon his return from active duty, he had requested an anxiety dog upon his return, and was paired with Sunny, a dog from a previous litter. Christopher was overwhelmed with the news that Sunny’s little brothers would be trained as comfort dogs. He understands firsthand the blessing they will be to those they serve, and how God works wondrously through these marvelous creatures.

Lund

Candi Lund is a Kindergarten teacher and Brent Lund has a degree in theology. “Our life is a ministry,” said Brent. “We had no idea that, as we were praying in Minnesota for our puppies to find a life in service to God, your team was praying God to bring the right people and puppies to LCC in Illinois. We were asking and you were asking...God answered both of our prayers by bringing us together.”

The newest members of the K-9/Kare 9 family will be named Simon and Luke.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:04
 
Island Lutheran Passing of the Leash Print E-mail
 Passing of the Leash LCC K-9 team members Rich & Dona Martin, Jeanne Moore, and Teresa Gray led four days of intensive training for handlers and caregivers at Island Lutheran Church on Hilton Head Island March 2-5, 2016 in preparation for the start of the new K-9 Ministry, the first in South Carolina.

Sasha Comfort Dog was welcomed into the congregation at both services Sunday morning by Pastor Larry Eckhart and District President John Denninger of the LCMS Southeastern District.

With the concentration of military bases and personnel surrounding Hilton Head, the team will have many opportunities for the 4 veterans who are handlers for Sasha and will be reaching out to both veterans and active duty members of the military and their families.

Sasha received her name in honor of a bomb sniffing K-9 who was killed in action with her handler in Afghanistan in 2008. She was credited with 15 finds in her service with her handler and saving countless lives.

It is the prayer of LCC, Island Lutheran and all of the K-9 affiliates that Sasha Comfort Dog will be as effective as her namesake as she opens doors to the planting of seeds that will lead to bringing those lost to Christ.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2016 10:43
 
For All The Saints Print E-mail
Bekah Bekah Comfort Dog: Immanuel Lutheran Church/School Belvidere, Il

Bekah attended the Memorial Service of her friend, Pastor Hanson, on Feb. 15, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran – Belvidere. Pastor Philip W Hanson died on Feb 10, 2016 and is with his Savior that he confessed and proclaimed. The Rev. Philip Hanson’s favorite Bible verse was Romans 1:16,17. “The golden evening brightens in the west; Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest; Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!"

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:48
 
LCC Travels to Phoenix for Best Practices for Ministry Conference Print E-mail
Best Practices

President Tim Hetzner and the K-9/Kare-9 staff of Lutheran Church Charities gathered with 2,000 participants of the Best Practices for Ministry at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, Arizona on February 18-19, 2016. The conference, in its 5th year, has grown dramatically as people from the United States and abroad seek to expand their reach in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ.

Attendees were given dozens of breakout sessions to choose from over the course of three days. Hetzner presented five sessions that included 101 Ways to Do Ministry, K-9 Ministry, and 3 Days 3 Nights.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie were joined by affiliate K-9 teams Lois (First Good Shepherd - Las Vegas, NV), Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, CA), and Titus (Trinity Lutheran - Prescott Valley, AZ) in greeting the attendees as well as visiting with children at Christ Lutheran School before the conference.

LCC is thankful for all the generous hands at Christ Church Lutheran for the many that made this conference possible at no charge to attendees.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:34
 
Passing of the Leash - Comfort Dog Reuben Print E-mail
Reuben Comfort Dog Reuben and his team were officially welcomed into the First Lutheran Church in Yuba City, California family by The Rev. Mike Franckowiak on Sunday, February 14, 2016. LCC President Tim Hetzner was on hand to "pass the leash" on behalf of LCC and Reuben's trainers.

Reuben is the second LCC K-9 placed in California, joining K-9 Aaron at St. John's Lutheran in Napa Valley. K-9s Reuben and Aaron are among 27 LCC K-9s who are "dual-vested" as LCC Kare -9 Military Ministry Dogs in addition to their roles as LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. These special Kare 9s work alongside their handlers who are military veterans.

Reuben While in Yuba City, Tim Hetzner spoke to the congregation on "101 Ways to Share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ". If you would like Tim to speak to your congregation, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 866-455-6466 for more information or to schedule.

Reuben in the news
"Comfort dog finds new home in area" - Gridley Herald
"Reuben a rare comfort dog" - Appeal Democrat
Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2016 12:28
 
Passing of the Leash Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Lois and her team were officially welcomed into the First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, Nevada family by The Rev. Steve Cluver on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

The three-day intensive training weekend included handler and caregiver teams from both First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas and First Lutheran in Yuba City, California. The joint training weekend combined the teams for Comfort Dogs Lois and Reuben. Comfort Dog Reuben will be placed in Yuba City next Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Passing of the Leash

LCC K-9 staff members Rich Martin, Dona Martin, Jeanne Moore and Teresa Gray led a training and handling curriculum which was enriched with focus on ministry within the community.

The teams made school and senior living visits as well as spent time on the streets off of Las Vegas Blvd meeting people and offering to pray.

God brought together the Comfort Teams and a mom whose son had missed over 60 days of school due to unknown illness which causes excruciating pain. The team prayed for this child and his mother as they are traveling to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles this week. The family requested a home visit and Comfort Dog Teams Lois and Luther fulfilled the request.

During the service at First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas, Pastor Cluver thanked LCC for coming to the aid of his home congregation, Calvary Lutheran in Watseka, Illinois. Cluver’s father is still a resident of Watseka and a member at Calvary.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:28
 
Salty Dog Print E-mail
Practicing Socialization LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training class practiced socialization, which means exposing the dogs to people, places, situations, sounds, surfaces and things. The apprentice trainers brought in all kinds of props to expose the dogs to such as rolling suitcases, backpacks, long puffy winter coats, cowboy hats, umbrellas, stuffed pythons, and much more. One of the apprentice trainers even brought in a rain slicker and wide brimmed hat, which is not something dogs normally see. The appearance and the sound of the slicker when a person moves is quite different and unexpected for the dogs.

The dogs and the apprentice trainers worked through the challenge of encountering something new in a positive and progressive way. The goal is that the next time the LCC Comfort Dogs in training are exposed to these experiences or something similar, the dogs will be less sensitive and more confident.

The dogs even practiced the commands “front”, “sit”, and “stay” as they circled around the trainer who looked suspiciously like the Morton Salt Girl.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:28
 
K-9s Celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week Print E-mail
National Lutheran School Week LCC K-9s shared love and comfort as they participated in NLSW across the Synod. Here are some of our K-9s doing what they do best!

Dora Comfort Dog (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee)
Dora spent time reading and visiting students at Our Redeemer Lutheran School

Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois)
Zippy enjoyed meeting with a couple of great friends in Mrs. Gross’ Kindergarten Class

National Lutheran School Week Pax Comfort Dog (St Paul Lutheran, Fort Worth, Texas)
Pax had a great visit with the father of a former St. Paul Lutheran student a hospital in Southwest Fort Worth.

Tara and Zina (LCC)
Sasha (In Training)
Visited: Good Shepherd Pre-School, Elgin

National Lutheran School Week Tara (LCC) Eve (St. John’s Lutheran Lombard, IL)
Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN)
Visited: Immanuel Lutheran School, Elmhurst, IL

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:28
 
A Golden Opportunity Print E-mail
A Golden Opportunity As the LCC K-9 ministries continue to grow, so do the many mission-minded individuals receiving dog handler training and instruction. On January 30 & 31, a new training class of 19 spent concentrated hours learning proper dog handling, directional commands, and clearly defining our missions focus. Training included in-depth class instruction as well as handlers and their dogs passing the Canine Good Citizen Certification necessary to qualify as an approved LCC K-9 handler. Our K-9 staff works diligently to ensure all handlers are completely versed in the tenets of the program.

Training included a trip to a local nursing home. The sea of 15 golden retrievers, accompanied by the smiling faces of the handlers, were a welcome sight to Alden Estates employees, residents and visitors. The sheer delight people derived from the visiting dogs is inexpressible. Wheelchair-bound people stroked and hugged dogs as the canines lay gently across their laps. Residents shared heartwarming stories; from reminiscing about the pets they once loved, to memories from a 92-year-old veteran as he recalled his time served in WWII. Prayers were offered, tears were shared, and ministry happened all because a Comfort Dog opened a path to a heart.

LCC has a golden opportunity (pun most certainly intended) to minister to hearts where love and compassion can reach into the lonely and darkened places, shining the light of Christ.

LCMS Ministry Participants
Atonement Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Mequon Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury, Connecticut
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Grayslake, Illinois
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox, Illinois
Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
North Shore Ministry, Lake Forest, Illinois
Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fremont, Nebraska
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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:37
 
LCC President Travels to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to Bring Comfort Print E-mail
10,000 Lakes LCC President Tim Hetzner traveled with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Zina, Hannah, and Jacob and their handlers to the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes” - Minnesota - on January 29-31. The mission, “To Bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ” to everyone they met.

The team was invited by Pastor Pat Simmons from St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Top Dog, Dianne Williams.

The LCC team traveled with the future K-9 Ministry team for St Michael’s and met with people at the Presbyterian Assisted Living Center in Bloomington, as well as dispatchers and police officers at the Bloomington Police 10,000 LakesDepartment who had just experienced a tragic accident involving city workers. The team also visited with individuals and their families in hospice, veterans in hospice and rehabilitation centers, and visited with Ruth, a retired professor at the University of Minnesota, who collaborated to invent the “Gentle Leader” lead for canines. 10,000 Lakes Ruth, a long time member of Hetzner’s “WORD” Bible Study, is a member at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edina, Minnesota.

On Sunday, the teams visited with members of Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington and St Michael’s and shared the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at their Mission Fair.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:28
 
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Partners in Comfort

The Comfort Dog Ministry is made possible through the generous support of the following:

Veterinary Services provided by:

Dr. Michelle T. Cahill, DVM of Academy Animal Hospital, Joplin, MO

Drs. Glen Redeker and Erin Redeker-Goelitz of Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic, Carpentersville, Illinois

Lake Station Pet Clinic, Portage, Indiana

Dr Jacqueline Vernot of Veterinary Vision, Glendale Heights, Illinois

Dr. Paul A. Navin, DVM of All Pets Hospital in Lockport, IL

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital , Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Ron Mitchell, DVM of Westport Animal Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. John DeVries, DVM of The DeVries Animal Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois

Dr. Julie Mattson of Terry Animal Hospital, Wilmette, Illinois

Drs. Stapleton and Ford of Barrington Animal Hospital, Barrington, Illinois

Dr. Bohdan Rudawski of Fox Lake Animal Hospital, Fox Lake, Illinois

Dr. Brian Rooney of Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Darien, Illinois

Dr. Kurt E. Klepitsch of Gateway Veterinary Clinic, St. Charles, Illinois

Veterinarians of Care Animal Hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Dr. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Kurt Bedow, DVM of Webster Groves Animal Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Grooming Services provided FREE by:

Debbie Szwandrok of Eclipse Dog Grooming, Elmhurst, Illinois

Denise Goelitz of Kitten KaPoodle Mobile Pet Grooming, Elgin, Illinois

Ana Ristic of Two Paws Up in Itasca, Illinois

Jeannie's Pet Boutique, Portage, Indiana

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!