In the Champlain Towers South, comforting dogs wearing blue vests with the words “Please Me” were brought in to help treat the families of the victims, as well as the first aides they searched through the rubble.
“We’re very concerned about their mental health,” Bonnie Fear said Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry The response coordinator said NPR.
Nine gold retrivers from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee were housed in an ocean-going Florida condominium building that collapsed on June 24th.
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At least 97 people died falling and more are missing. Although there have been several warnings about a major building breach in the 40-year-old building in Surfside, the cause has yet to be determined.
Comforting dogs give balm in grief.
“They were amazed or delighted that we only came out for people who were in crisis and hurt during the crisis,” Fear told NPR.
And dogs are “just so cute and adorable when someone comes up to them,” he added.
As a result of the fall, Americans are worried about old residential buildings around the county.
Since the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside collapsed and the rest of the building was demolished earlier this month, crews have moved from recovery to rescue efforts to sift through the rubble.
“Our prayer [first responders] they do it, they process it mentally and they need to know that they have found someone they love, that they have made a difference for the families, “Fear told NPR.” And I hope they stop there. “