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Good boy: Comfort dogs help ease emotional stress from Harvey

Good boy: Comfort dogs help ease emotional stress from Harvey
Posted at 6:44 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 15:47:21-04

(WGN/CNN) - For thousands of people now living in shelters, the destruction from Harvey has been steady and exhausting.

And while people try to clean-up and rebuild, the most lasting damage may be emotional.

One charity group who started a comfort dog program after Hurricane Katrina is now headed to Houston.

Some of the pets will be sent to a shelter for Harvey survivors. Others will hang out with emergency responders.

"Dogs are good listeners. They're confidential and they show unconditional love.  And when people pet a dog they feel safe, particularly if it's a dog that's calm like ours and they talk to the dog," said Tim Hetzner, LCC President.

Organizers say the emotional support a comfort dog provides can be a significant part of the healing process.

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