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ElderDog P.E.I. presents ‘Pawd in the Park’ Sunday in Charlottetown

A dog in the park. The Guardian/123rf
A dog in the park. The Guardian/123rf

The P.E.I. branch of ElderDog Canada will be hosting its first “Pawd in the Park’’ public awareness and fundraising event in Charlottetown’s Victoria Park on Sunday.

The event goes from noon to 3 p.m.

ElderDog Canada Inc. is a 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 well-being of seniors.

The 100 per cent volunteer organization has had a presence in P.E.I. since 2014, offering programs which include providing help for seniors with daily dog care activities, foster care and adoption of older dogs, long-term planning for companion dogs, volunteering, service learning, education and research opportunities, and bereavement support.

Ruth Courtney-Beck, P.E.I. Pawd founder, said its team of volunteers comes from many different backgrounds and communities.

“We share a commitment to providing assistance so senior Islanders can provide appropriate care for their dogs in their homes and in finding new, loving homes for animals when their senior owners can no longer care for them,’’ Courtney-Beck said.

The Victoria Park day is a free, family-friendly event filled with activities for dogs and dog lovers of all ages.

Attendees will be able to chat with ElderDog volunteers to learn more about the program, watch demonstrations of positive behaviour dog training led by Red Dog Training and Courteous Canine Training Services and purchase pet-related treats and merchandise.

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

All activities will take place in and around the clubhouse closest to the baseball diamonds in Victoria Park.

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