I see that there are two great needs that can possibly be merged and could be a resolution of two issues. All of us here are here for answers, we are trying to solve a common problem for a Loved one. I also see on the Web there is another problem with Dogs, and they need to give love and need to be loved.
Dogs love unconditionally, Dogs have the gift of survival at no cost, greater instincts than us,and much patience without an attitude. Dogs have a way of comforting and warming the heart.
So it has been bothering me, that dogs are destroyed when they can otherwise be giving love to an Elder at home for a visit to brighten someones day or at Nursing homes for therapy. I just don't know What to do to create this merge as a useful situation.