LCC K-9 Ministries

LCC K-9 Ministries

The LCC K-9 Ministries embrace the unique, calming nature and skills of AKC Purebred Golden Retrievers to interact with people of all ages and circumstances. LCC trains all their Comfort Dogs and Handlers. The Comfort Dogs serve every day in the communities in which they are placed. When invited, they are also deployed in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. The LCC K-9 Ministries include the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry serving the Military, Veterans, and their families, and the LCC K-9 Police Ministry serving police officers and their families.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Launched in August 2008, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry. They receive at least 2,000 hours of training and participate in scheduled and special events. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are permanently placed with churches, schools and other ministries involved in Christian human care by LCC. Permanent placement includes full training for handlers and caregivers along with ongoing support, coaching and training. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs live in the homes of assigned caregivers.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams participate in such events as:

  • Church events
  • School visits and chapel talks
  • School and library reading programs
  • Hospital visits
  • Nursing home visits
  • Community special events

LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry
Established in August 2014, the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry teams of veterans and dogs serve veterans, active military and their families in a variety of ways. The presence of a Kare 9 dog and veteran handler serves as a bridge for compassionate ministry to those who have given so much. LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry dogs are trained to obey specific commands, welcome affection and connect with individuals. Each Kare 9 handler is a veteran who shares the bond of duty, service and memories. Some of these memories can be difficult to bear. All of these elements combine to create a relaxed setting to encourage conversation.

The LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry teams participate in such events as:

  • Yellow-ribbon reintegration events
  • Military stand-downs
  • Visiting VA hospitals and medical centers
  • Military and civilian funerals
  • Holiday events (Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, Veterans Day ceremonies)
  • Visiting veterans in their homes and care facilities
  • VFW, American Legion, and AmVets events
  • Hometown Hero camps for children of parents or loved ones who lost their life in service

LCC K-9 Police Ministry
Launched in July 2017, the LCC K-9 Police Ministry handlers are law enforcement officers (current and former) who understand the unique challenges facing the law enforcement community who protect and serve, as well as their families. Our brothers and sisters in law enforcement can take comfort in the knowledge that the LCC K-9 Police Ministry handlers can relate to them as peers.

The LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dogs and handlers serve as follows:

  • CRISIS RESPONSE – Serving law enforcement and family members in their time of need, by providing comfort following injuries, deaths, or major incidents.
  • ONGOING SUPPORT – K-9 visits (headquarters, substations, dispatch centers), assistance with department missions (Christmas shopping with children, summer camps, public events), comforting crime victims (prior to interviews, counseling, or courtroom testimony), and general support for department members and their families.

Lutheran Church Charities currently has over 130 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in 27 states. LCC operates training facilities in Illinois and in Nebraska.

For more information about Lutheran Church Charities, or ways to donate to LCC ministries, please contact us the following ways:

Mail: Lutheran Church Charities, 3020 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062
Call: 866-455-6466

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