‘Pawd in the Park’ returns Oct. 14
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.
Elderdog PEI “graduate” Bear and members of his adopter family Ilsa Norton and Eloise Norton at “Pawd in the Park” 2017.