Comfort dogs have been on hand to assist the many victims of the Las Vegas shooting which took place last week in Nevada.
The comfort dogs are being used in the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas as therapeutic companions to those suffering from trauma, shock and PTSD.
The chaos and heartbreak caused by the event has been felt all over the world and, while there is little to be thankful for in the overall scenario, this concept of aiding the injured and effected is certainly worth taking note of.
Both the staff of the hospital and those using the service have been very enthusiastic of its benefits.
“Anyone that takes our minds off of reality for a few minutes is a nice little vacation,” said patient liaison Fabian Salazar, “I don’t know if it was worse seeing what was going on at the actual site, or if it was worse seeing what was going on here.”
“It was almost like the grief just dissipated as they touched these animals,” nurse Mary Lacyk told CBS.
Lacyk says it’s easy to forget that those who provide critical care sometimes need care themselves.
“We’re seeing such young, vibrant people who’ve been affected on such a critical, um, masochistic kind of way,” Lacyk said. “It’s tough.”