The dogs, twelve golden retrievers, are all K-9 Comfort Dogs, a program run by the Lutheran Church Charities.
The canines, accompanied by their human handlers, visited hospitals, churches, vigils and memorial services, providing comfort and stress relief to the traumatized survivors and to the relatives of those who perished during the attack.
On June 12, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire in The Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring over 50 others.
In Facebook posts allegedly made prior and during the shooting but later taken down, Mateen threatened future attacks in the United States by the Daesh terrorist group (also known as ISIL/ISIS).
Mateen’s attack is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.