CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Lutheran Church Charities' (LCC) K9 ministries sent three of their 130 comfort dogs to Southern Oregon this week.
These dogs were on a mission to bring a smile back to people's faces, one cuddle at a time. St. John Lutheran Church in Eagle Point got in contact with LCC to do something for the people affected by the fires.
The dogs of K9 ministries come from all over the United States to comfort people when a disaster strikes. Cubby, Ruthie, Isaac and their handlers arrived in Jackson County on Monday and will be here until Thursday morning.
"When we started to watch the acceleration of the fires here in oregon we reached out to one of our local churches here to pastor gary and he invited us to come with the dogs," LCC Director of K-9 Deployments Richard Martin said.
The dogs started off at the Jackson County Expo Center and made their way south near Ashland to visit other areas around the Rogue Valley where a smile is needed.
"It's tough to see people in such a state," Martin said. "Its great to be with them here with presents and prayer and the response has been very overwhelming."
Martin said that these comfort dogs are not only here for those who lost their homes-- but for first responders and volunteers who have been working nonstop since the fires broke out.
"It's amazing the amount of caring," St. John Lutheran Church Pastor Gary Clark said. "And I shouldn't be amazed because I've lived here 18 years and when trouble happens people get up and help."
Pastor Gary says just like music, seeing the dogs is like a universal language. It gives people a sense of comforting and healing.