The health benefits of animal companions have been well-documented — so for families who, for whatever reason, are unable to have a pet in the house full-time, a service like this one is heaven-sent.
"The responsibility of a dog on top of caring for my grandparents would be too much," Dawson said. "Being able to borrow a dog like this is a great opportunity, especially if the person with Alzheimer's had dogs when they were younger."
Although BorrowMyDoggy is geared toward pet owners in the U.K., similar services are available in the United States. Of course, you can always contact your local animal shelter to find volunteer opportunities, or to simply visit with pets who'd love some extra attention.