Newtown Families Thank Therapy Dogs

In the days, weeks and months that followed December’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was no shortage of comfort for the victims from dozens of therapy dogs from around the country.

So on Saturday, families in Newtown, Conn., took time out to give a special thank you to the four-legged therapists who’d made such a difference in their lives, reported the Huffington Post.

About 50 dogs and more than 150 people gathered for “A Day of Thanks,” where some of the children were reunited with the dogs who’d visited them after the Dec. 14 tragedy and in the difficult days that followed.

One parent of a Sandy Hook student who spoke at the event explained how the dogs had helped the kids cope. She said her daughter had a hard time talking about the event, but “when she talked about the dogs that she saw every day at school, she lit up.”

Vic Neumann, a volunteer with Therapy Dogs International, and his dog, Vikahn, also attended the event on Saturday. It was “very heartwarming,” he told ABC News. “We get paid with the love and the appreciation. That’s worth millions.”

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