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About Us

Who We Are

ElderDog Canada Inc. is a national, community-based, non-profit organization established and incorporated under federal regulations in 2009 and registered as a Charitable Organization in 2016. ElderDog is governed by a Board of Directors, regulated by a set of by-laws, and run by member volunteers. Our work is dedicated to the well-being of older people and older dogs. We rely on donations and fundraising to carry out our work. There are no fees for any of our services.

Our mission at ElderDog is to honour and preserve the human-animal bond through care, companionship, education, and research. We do this through programs that include:

  • help for seniors with daily dog care activities
  • foster care and adoption of older dogs
  • long-term care planning for companion dogs
  • volunteering
  • education and research opportunities


Seniors we work with:

  • typically live at home with a canine companion
  • have a strong desire to maintain a close relationship with their canine companion
  • may face health and/or mobility challenges
  • have financial and/or physical challenges providing routine daily care (e.g., feeding, health care, exercise) for their canine companion
  • need dog care assistance in order to stay with their canine companions at home
  • may have plans or need to move to a short- or long-term care facility
  • may need help with long-term and perpetual care planning for canine companions

Older dogs we work with:

  • typically are 10 years or older (age criteria may vary depending on breed/size); long-term and perpetual care planning is available for younger dogs
  • may have worked in a service/caregiving capacity
  • have no history of aggression
  • have experienced or are about to experience a disruption in their lives due to change in residence, human companion illness or death
  • may live with an elderly human companion who needs dog care assistance in order to stay together
  • have care needs that can no longer be adequately provided
  • may face health and/or mobility challenges
  • are typically considered by an animal shelter or humane society to be “unadoptable” due to age, mobility, or state of health