An old dog, even more than an old spouse, always feels like doing what you feel like doing.”

  - Robert Brault


Long-term care for older dogs

For older dogs who have lost a human companion due to a residence change, illness or death and are left without a caregiver, ElderDog works to provide care and companionship through:

  • Foster care in an approved foster home;
  • Adoption to an approved home;
  • Pre-planned long term care in an approved home.

ElderDog not only provides loving homes for older dogs to live out their lives with the dignity they deserve, where possible we endeavour to re-home older dogs with older people who want the loving companionship of an older dog.

Dogs eligible for long-term care in the ElderDog Dog Care Program:

  • 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.

Interested in Fostering or Adopting an Older Dog?

Because older dogs may have special age-related needs or experienced recent disruption or stress, we take extra care to find homes that best suit the needs and abilities of both dog and human. Our application process helps us place our dogs in homes that will enable the human-animal relationship to flourish. Our application process follows four easy steps:

  • Complete a Foster Application or Adoption Application;
  • Upon receipt of the application, one of our Re-homing Coordinators will contact you to set up a telephone conversation;
  • The next step is to arrange a meeting in your home; and,
  • The final step is a get-acquainted meeting with a dog.

For information or application, please contact us