‘Pawd in the Park’ re­turns Oct. 14

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ISLAND WEEKEND -

ElderDog P.E.I. is re­turn­ing to Vic­to­ria Park this Sun­day to host its sec­ond “Pawd in the Park” pub­lic aware­ness and fundrais­ing event from 12:00 Noon – 3:00 pm.

The P.E.I. “Pawd” is the pro­vin­cial branch of ElderDog Canada Inc., a na­tional, com­mu­nity-based non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with a mis­sion to as­sist and sup­port older adults in the care and well-be­ing of their ca­nine com­pan­ions.

It also pro­vides care and com­pan­ion­ship for older dogs who have lost a hu­man com­pan­ion; and ed­u­cates health and an­i­mal care pro­fes­sion­als and peo­ple of all ages about the hu­man-an­i­mal bond and the role of com­pan­ion an­i­mals in the health and well­be­ing of se­niors.

This non-profit vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion has had a pres­ence on P.E.I. since 2014, of­fer­ing pro­grams in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing help for se­niors with basic dog care ac­tiv­i­ties, fos­ter care and adop­tion of older dogs, long-term care plan­ning for com­pan­ion dogs, pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and be­reave­ment sup­port.

The free, fam­ily-friendly event will be filled with ac­tiv­i­ties for dogs and dog lovers of all ages.

ElderDog vol­un­teers will be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic, and will pro­vide yellow rib­bons to own­ers to help iden­tify dogs that are anx­ious or not com­fort­able so­cial­iz­ing with other an­i­mals.

Vis­i­tors can also have their pets pose for a unique Fall- or Halloween-themed elec­tronic por­trait pho­to­graph, at a cost of $20 each.

PetValu in Strat­ford is the key com­mu­nity sup­porter of the event, help­ing off­set costs and pro­vid­ing a gift bas­ket of pet-re­lated items which will be of­fered as part of a fundrais­ing raf­fle that day.

Event or­ga­niz­ers ad­vise that on-leash pets are wel­come to at­tend how­ever, in keep­ing with ElderDog’s pos­i­tive-be­hav­iour train­ing poli­cies, own­ers are asked to leave shock, pinch, or elec­tronic train­ing de­vices at home.

PHOTO BY BRENDA HAN­COCK

Elderdog PEI “grad­u­ate” Bear and mem­bers of his adopter fam­ily Ilsa Nor­ton and Eloise Nor­ton at “Pawd in the Park” 2017.

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