Lutheran Church Charities, which runs the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs initiative, sent out a team of 9 golden retrievers to assist the residents of Newtown, CT, who are still reeling from the tragedy that claimed the lives of 20 young students and eight adults, including the shooter. These specially-trained dogs have also journeyed to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and the residents of Joplin, Missouri after the tornado hit. Photo credit: Allison Joyce for the New York Daily News Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone, said Tim Hetzner, president of the Addison, Ill., organization, speaking to the Chicago Tribune. It creates the atmosphere for people to share.