NEW MINAS – There was a lot of puppy love at a dog show event where pets and their owners came together in support of charity.
The ElderDog Paws for a Cause Doggie Expo was unleashed April 21 at the New Minas Fire Hall and featured auctions, vendors and dogs – lots of dogs – all in support of the ElderDog Canada nonprofit organization that looks after elderly pet owners and their canine couterparts.
Kerri Goode was one of several volunteers from the local chapter, ElderDog Kings, which runs from Falmouth to Bridgetown, and said she felt like a kid at a candy store, surrounded by so many dogs.
“It’s a great day when we get to help people. That, with the fact that everybody loves dogs, means today is a good day,” she said.
People strolled the vendors and stopped to pet dogs as they made their way around the event. They also learned a thing or two about the charity – something Goode said was “the best part of the day.”
Did you know?
ElderDog is a relatively new charity – federally incorporated in 2009 – and is dedicated to helping elderly people and their elderly dogs.
The charity carries this out through a variety of programs, some of which include helping seniors with daily dog activities, adopting older dogs when their owners can no longer care for them and long-term care planning for companion dogs.
They work with people who may face challenges such as aging, mobility or other health difficulties, are facing tough financial situations or may be moving to a retirement home.
The dogs the organization typically works with are 10 years or older, have never been aggressive, may themselves face mobility or health challenges, or may have just lost their human companion.