Chester, a young spaniel, had just found a home with a senior in Victoria, B.C., when his owner hurt her leg, leaving her struggling to care for him and her 15-year-old mixed-breed King. But three volunteers from ElderDog, a charity that supports older dog owners, pitched in to provide regular walks while the senior healed. Since the national organization opened its Victoria chapter three years ago, it has grown to about 100 volunteers helping with free care for more than 30 dogs. Volunteers travel around southern Vancouver Island to walk, wash, and sometimes even drop off food and other supplies. Although ElderDog mostly supports seniors and older dogs, they also offer assistance to people who need help caring for their dogs due to illness, injury, or disabilities. And if owners cannot care for their dogs anymore, the group’s national network of volunteers steps up to find a new home for them.

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