NOVE SCOTIA’S ‘ElderDog’ helping seniors across Canada

Monday, April 10, 2017

Community Links Nova Scotia

Cory McGraw
Global News

A Canadian charity that started in Nova Scotia is partnering seniors and their dogs with community volunteers to provide extra support in caring for their four-legged companions.

ElderDog was created in Lunenburg, N.S., eight years ago and since then, the charity has grown and is now spreading across the country.

“We’ve got most of Nova Scotia covered now, about eight different ‘pawds’ we call them. One just started in New Brunswick, one in Quebec, two in Ontario and one in British Columbia,” said Kathy Jones, in home support coordinator for ElderDog …

Jake’s owner, David Griffiths, is grateful for the ElderDog service. The senior said he used to walk his dog nearly five kilometres every day.

Volunteers don’t just walk dogs. They also take pets to the vet, groomers and even pick up food for folks who can’t get around.

Jones said the goal is to keep the human-animal bond between the senior and their pet going as long as possible.

“When you get a senior and their senior dog usually, they’ve been together for a long, long time. To try and separate those two if something happened like going into a nursing home or a hospital for a surgery, it’s very, very difficult. And in a lot of cases, almost every case, our dogs are our family so we’re very passionate about them.”

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