In existence for barely over one year, ElderDog Canada is a remarkable new nonprofit organization established to help older dogs whose lives have been turned upside down by the death of their human. The organization also helps mature adults care for their dogs in order to maintain that all-important owner/pet bond intact. ElderDog Canada was founded by Ardra Cole.
According to my source, on August 22, ElderDog Canada hosted its foundational HRM meeting, starting an official “Halifax Pawd.” Ten people came to the meeting and another 15, unable to attend, expressed a keen interest in the project.
Anne Villeneuve, volunteer with the Hallifax ElderDog chapter, says,
Right now our challenge is reaching out and finding the isolated seniors who could benefit from our help. Getting these seniors will be the hard part. We have a diverse group of volunteers already willing and able to put in their time.
Volunteers will walk dogs, bring animals to the veterinarian or to the groomer, shop for dog food and medications, or simply help with dog care such as brushing, ear cleaning, trimming nails.
Nothing is written in stone. You don’t have to be 65 or older. If you’re in a wheelchair or have mobility issues, contact us to see if we can help. What we want to do is keep up the important connection between pets and their owners.
A prime example of ElderDog Canada’s help is Mitzi and her human Monique Dancause. Most likely, Mitzi would have become lost to Dancause without the dedicated volunteers at ElderDog.
Dancause was relocating into another apartment. The volunteers took over the care of Mitzi so the beleaguered senior could concentrate all her attention on orchestrating her move. The new building’s management informed Dancause that she could not keep her dog there. Again ElderDog stepped in to advocate. Now ElderDog volunteers like Jennifer Katona take Mitzi for walks and exercise her.
Dancause is so grateful! She describes ElderDog as a “wonderful and essential service that enables her to keep her beloved pet.”
Per Ardra Cole,
If you know a senior living in HRM who could benefit from ElderDog Canada’s services, or are interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.elderdog.ca.
The Halifax group’s second meeting will be held at Bayers Lake at 6:30 p.m. on September 30.
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