Comfort Dog Ministry

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Amos

Amos is a pure bred Golden Retriever. He was the first Comfort Dog in Virginia and is hoping to serve people all over the DC Metropolitan area.

Amos has received over 2000 hours of training and is no ordinary dog. He is able to visit people in long-term care facilities, memory care facilities, hospice care, hospitals, schools, offices and in the community. Furthermore, Amos' team includes a retired police officer and a vetera,n which provides ministry opportunities with first responders.

If you're interested in having an Amos visit, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and his team.

For more information and a greater look into Amos' training, the training of Amos' team and the scope of his work check out Capital Comfort.

Amos' ministry is based solely on donations. Please consider donating (specify "Comfort Dog" in the memo field). Would you rather purchase something for Amos? Check out his Wish List.

Join us! Are you called to comfort? We welcome you to talk to any team member or reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about how you can serve in this ministry.

Team Amos Updates

March 2024

March 13, 2024 - River Bend Middle School

On Friday, we received a call from the LCPS district mental health team to support River Bend Middle School in Sterling, VA, as they grieve the unexpected loss of a beloved 8th-grade math teacher, Monica Ashworth, who was 27 years old. Monica suffered a medical emergency just two weeks after giving birth to her first baby.

Ministry volunteers from team Amos, Kezia (Emmanuel, Baltimore), and Solomon (King of Glory, Williamsburg) rearranged their schedules to be present for the hurting and confused staff and students as they returned to school on Monday morning.

The dogs provided a bridge to connection and healing. As we sat with more than 400 students and staff, we felt God's loving presence that enabled us to care for one another. Several students looked at us and said, "Thank you for coming here." These young teens truly felt seen, loved, and supported.

March 6, 2024 - Bull Run Elementary School

Twice a month, we visit students and staff at Bull Run Elementary in Fairfax County. Whether it's the name "Amos" we hear called from a classroom, a smiling face that approaches, or a stairway full of passing students who come to a halt to pet him, it is clear that Amos's presence is felt schoolwide.

Before leaving we always linger to talk to the office staff and, this time, one of them shared that she recently lost her father who lived in Ashburn. She said he had been at Ashby Ponds but had transferred to Maple Grove for his last days. We told her that Amos has weekly visits to Maple Grove on the floor where her father was, and we saw her begin to tear up with joy. We don’t know if Amos was ever able to visit her father while he was there, but just the thought of that possibility was a visible comfort to her, and she was overcome with emotion and the idea that we were there comforting people like her father meant the world to her. In this experience, God reminds us that every time we go out as His hands and feet, we are sharing Jesus's love more than we may ever realize.

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