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Dogs Give 'Hope' to Navy Yard Employees

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:11 PM EDT
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The healing process at Navy Yard was helped along by a unique group. Dogs that are part of the HOPE Crisis response team spent part of the day comforting workers there.

The healing process at Navy Yard was helped along by a unique group. Dogs that are part of the HOPE Crisis response team spent part of the day comforting workers there.

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Workers at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard got a unique pick-me-up Thursday morning.

Hope Dogs greeted employees in parking lots around the Navy Yard as they arrived. The dogs also stopped by for a visit Wednesday after a prayer service for employees.

Last week, IT contractor Aaron Alexis gunned down 12 workers and injured several others at the Navy Yard.

Hope is an animal-assisted crisis response team that uses dogs to help people cope with traumatic events.

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