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Our Mission

We utilize our golden retrievers to create compassionate connections that promote empathy, understanding, comfort, inclusion, and acceptance. This unique bond strengthens human resilience through times of crisis, persistent adversity and disruptive transitions.

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of Americans
feel their relationships
are not meaningful
Loneliness is
equal to smoking
15 cigarettes per day

The need for comfort goes much deeper than simply the need to be kind. Comfort is a skill we need to teach the next generation so that we can help mend our disconnected world.

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Founded with love and experience

Comfort Connections is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded by Jeanene Hupy. She received her field education in comforting others through the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. When those children finally returned to school, they were greeted by a slew of golden retrievers. It was then that she saw first hand how these beautiful dogs possessed an innate ability to offer students comfort, healing and support; as well as serve as a bridge to communicate with others.

Jeanene also deployed to other visible and less visible tragedies and while there, she knew they were bringing comfort to those in deep need. However, what she learned was that after the supporters left, students and adults did not possess the skillset to continue caring for and comforting one another. This is why Comfort Connections exists and was launched. While we do respond to crisis situations that require comfort, our ultimate goal is to help people re-learn the skill of comfort prior to tragedy and crisis.

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Spotlight Story

Althea’s Story

A story of how 13-year-old Althea told Alby Comfort Dog a deep, dark secret that ultimately freed her from her abuser.

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Meet our team

Driven to bring comfort to those in need

Jeanene Hupy


“We rise by lifting others.”
– Robert Ingersoll

Alex Brooks

Director of Canine Training

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

Beth Brooks

Director of Operations

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

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