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Comfort Dogs

Comfort Dogs

Bringing Mercy and Compassion

joplin comfort dog logo

Immanuel’s team of Golden Retrievers and handlers visit people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and at community events, sharing mercy and compassion with those hurting or in need. Louie Comfort Dog and his team also responds after disasters all around the country and have become trusted friends to many. More than one hundred LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are serving Lutheran congregations and schools all around the United States, thanks to the amazing work of Lutheran Church Charities (LCC).

A Comfort Dog is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.

Meet Joplin’s Comfort Dog

Louie Comfort Dog has been with us at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School since the summer of 2011.

Louie Comfort Dog

  • Louie Comfort Dog business card
    Birthday: June 14, 2010
  • Bible verse: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
  • Special traits: black nose and a blue collar, driven and faithful, dashing good looks
  • Ministry strength: Louie loves to “vest up” and go to work.
  • Favorite snack: carrot pieces
  • Favorite way to relax: napping in a sunny spot
  • Connect with Louie:

NEXT Comfort Dog Campaign

At 9 years old, Louie Comfort Dog needs help, so another LCC K-9 Comfort Dog is our plan! Help us continue this important service to our community by being a part of our “NEXT Comfort Dog for Joplin” campaign.

Remembering Jackson Comfort Dog

After eight years of faithful service, Jackson Comfort Dog passed away suddenly in March 2019. Jackson’s brother Louie continues the work that they started together.
POST: In Memory of Jackson Comfort Dog, March 2019

About Our Work

map of joplin comfort dog deployments

Joplin’s Comfort Dog team is made up of about a dozen caregivers and handlers — all volunteers — who take Louie Comfort Dog to his visits throughout the week. You’ll see us at the mall, hospitals, nursing care facilities, schools, and at community meetings and events. You also may hear about our deployment work, helping people in need after natural disasters, shootings, and anywhere else that people are hurting. We’ve included a map showing several of our deployments over the years.

Notable Deployments

  • Sandy Hook, Connecticut, following the school shooting | January 2013
  • Moore, Oklahoma, following a devastating tornado | May 2013
  • Mayflower, Arkansas, following another deadly tornado | May 2014
  • Nashville, Illinois, following a tragic plane crash | January 2015
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma, following a deadly homecoming parade crash | October 2015
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, following the Mandalay Bay Casino shooting | October 2017

When invited, Team Joplin will do what we can to be there for hurting people, and we never ever charge anyone for what we do. Our Comfort Dog Ministry depends on donations and the church budget to keep us ready to serve whenever and wherever God calls us.

Why Do We Do This?

jackson comfort dog being hugged by woman

Our world is full of broken people—folks who are hurting and in need. Petting a Comfort Dog and making a human connection is often helpful.

But we are ready, when appropriate, to provide much more. By faith, our Comfort Dog team is moved to share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ. In Jesus there is Mercy for the broken and Compassion for the hurting. God Himself is Present in His life-giving Word. This Proclamation of hope is the true, capital “C” Comfort that we all need. Our world is desperate for it. (Learn more about Jesus here.)

During many of our visits, our trained volunteers have the privilege of praying with the people we meet, sharing Scripture with them, and pointing them to Jesus. We thank God that we are called to serve in this way with Comfort Dogs.

Support Our Comfort Dog Work

We welcome your prayers and words of encouragement. If you would like to support us financially, tax-deductible contributions are being accepted to the Joplin Comfort Dog Travel Fund. Check out our secure, Online Giving Page hosted by EServicePayments/VANCO or send a check by mail to:

Immanuel Comfort Dogs | 2616 Connecticut Ave | Joplin, MO 64804

We are currently raising funds for the NEXT Comfort Dog for Joplin. You can help us reach our $15,000 goal. Send a check to the address above, or follow the link to our super-easy and safe Givelify page.

Contact the Dog Team or Request a Visit

We would love to hear from you! The Joplin Comfort Dog Team is available to visit your church or group. Please fill out the form below.

local Comfort dog partners

Louie and his humans couldn’t do what they do without the help of these Joplin businesses, who provide excellent care and believe in the work being done. Thank you to Dr. Michelle Cahill at Academy Animal Hospital and to Sandy Jimerson at Joh Joh’s Classy Canine!

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joh joh's classy canine joplin missouri sandy jimerson stylist

Joplin Comfort Dogs In The News

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Comfort Dog handler schedule

Password Protected Google Calendar for the Joplin Comfort Dog Team