Some volunteering activities, where individuals interact with the public on behalf of ElderDog and / or represent ElderDog, require volunteers to become members of ElderDog Canada. Examples of such roles requiring membership include: any activity associated with working with a senior person, education and outreach, leadership and coordination, and counselling. Specifically, volunteers associated with the following programs are required to become members:
Dog Care Support for Seniors
Education and Outreach
Volunteers with these programs are required to wear approved ElderDog identification when representing ElderDog. An official ElderDog ID card will be issued to volunteers in these programs upon successful application. Volunteers are also required to purchase and wear an item of clothing bearing the ElderDog logo or crest. Contact us to make a purchase.
Volunteers visiting seniors in their homes or other locations also are required to complete a police check for work with vulnerable persons. This is a typical requirement for volunteers working in organizations helping seniors or young people.
ElderDog is always looking for volunteers who are interested in working with elders or their animals as part of any of these programs:
Dog Care Support for Seniors
Volunteers visit with seniors and their canine companions for several purposes such as:
assisting seniors with exercising their dogs (which may involve supporting seniors walking with their dogs or independently exercising dogs.)
delivering or picking up dog food from a grocery or pet store
light tasks associated with feeding
minor grooming such as nail clipping or help with brushing
transportation to and from vet or groomer
Time commitment: It is best if Dog Care Support for Seniors volunteers are able to commit to a regular visiting schedule with the same seniors and dogs. This usually involves visiting at least once a week over a period of time with from one to three seniors and dogs.
Foster Dog Care
Some Foster Dog Care volunteers are able to provide a short-term, temporary home for a dog whose human companion is temporarily hospitalized. In cases where a dog is left homeless because her or his human companion must relocate to a non-pet friendly residence or long term care facility, volunteers are able to provide a foster home for the dog. This may or may not lead to permanent adoption into the home. Other volunteers are able to provide permanent homes for ElderDog canines who have lost a human companion due to relocation, illness, or death. Still other volunteers are able to assist with the care of dogs who live in an ElderDog residential facility.
Time commitment: Varies with type of involvement.
Professional Care volunteers provide basic services in their area of expertise. This includes services related to grooming, veterinary care and animal health, bereavement counselling, and so on.
Time commitment: Varies with availability and demand.
Professional, Artistic, and Technical
Volunteers with particular professional or technical expertise assist ElderDog in a variety of ways including: legal and financial assistance, marketing, fundraising and project development, qualitative and quantitative research, website assistance and management, digital photography, artmaking in various media, biographical writing, story collection, librarian, social media and networking, landscape architecture and maintenance, architecture, construction and carpentry.
Time commitment: Varies with availability and needs.
Leadership volunteers contribute directly to the coordination, administration, and growth of ElderDog Canada. Involvement ranges from assisting at events and fund raising activities to committee work to more sustained and substantial roles such as volunteer coordination and Pawd Leadership. With strong leadership at the local level, ElderDog Canada begins to accomplish its mission.
Time commitment: Varies depending on nature of involvement.
Education and Outreach
Education and Outreach volunteers help to spread the word about the role of companion animals in seniors’ lives and about ElderDog Canada to individuals and organizations within their communities. They do this through telephone and e-mail correspondence and by presenting information seminars and orientation sessions. Some Education and Outreach volunteers serve as Education Liaisons with partnering education and research institutions and individuals. Education and Outreach volunteers are directly involved in facilitating processes associated with the day to day operations of ElderDog.
Time commitment: Typically three-four hours per week.
Wool and Wood Working Program
Volunteer knitters, felters, and sewers make things such as coats, sweaters, blankets, and beds for dogs, car seat covers, toques for volunteer dog walkers. Wood workers make things such as leash racks, chopping blocks, dog carvings and sculptures, benches, and cremation urns or boxes. These creations are then donated and sold in our online shop, used directly as needed in ElderDog activities, or included in special ElderDog fundraising events. All proceeds from Wool and Wood Working projects are used to directly support ElderDog programs and activities (rather than for administrative costs).
How to become involved: Contact us to let us know of your interest, what you are thinking of contributing, and whether you need assistance with patterns and materials. When you complete a project, simply let us know and we will arrange pick-up or delivery. Then we will photograph your creation and make it available for sale, put it to immediate use, or include it in a special fund raising event. We also welcome new project and fundraising ideas.
To find out more about volunteering opportunities with ElderDog, please complete and submit our Volunteer Application Form or contact us.