updated 04/17/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/17/2013 AT 6:00 PM ET
As Boston struggles to recover from the bombing that occurred during the city’s marathon on Monday, a group of furry friends is lending a paw to help with the healing process.
Comfort dogs trained by the Lutheran Church Charities have been deployed to the Massachusetts city to aid those affected by the tragedy. Three golden retrievers were flown in from the group’s home base in Addison, Ill., to join two more retrievers who were already on the East Coast following the December shooting in Newtown, Conn.