These dogs helped Parkland students cope with tragedy. They got their own yearbook page

Joel Shannon

This year's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yearbook includes more than a dozen therapy and service dogs that have offered comfort to students in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The staff of the school's Aerie Yearbook announced the dogs' special page in a series of tweets in May. The dogs also gained attention in October when  images and videos of their photo session circulated on social media.

The dogs are connected with numerous local groups, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

"They are trained therapy dogs," yearbook adviser Sarah Lerner said, CNN reports. "They're never unattended, they're always on a leash and they're so good-natured and well-mannered. They bring a sense of comfort and calm and relaxation. It's wonderful."

Therapy dogs have been helping the Parkland community since the hours after the February 2018 mass shooting. Golden Retriever Jacob — a comfort dog who had been deployed by Lutheran Church Charities to help in the wake of other tragedies — attended a vigil one day after the rampage.

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