ElderDog to hold annual butterfly release in Feltzen South

ElderDog Canada will host its fifth annual butterfly release on August 19.

The release will take place at ElderDog's Lunenburg location in Feltzen South Peninsula, overlooking Lower South Cove.

In a statement, ElderDog says it is committed to restoring a strong presence of Monarch butterflies in Nova Scotia.

ElderDog is a national charity established in 2009 which aims to help older people live healthier lives by matching them with a canine companion, often an older dog.

The organization also helps people care for their dogs with tasks that might otherwise be difficult, such as walking, trips to the vet, or buying dog food.

The service is provided free of charge and is headquartered in Nova Scotia.

ElderDog has multiple chapters, or "Pawds," across Canada and more than 500 volunteers, many of whom are seniors themselves.

The butterfly release is free and open to the public, including dogs.

Following a brief memorial service, participants will release 100 butterflies as a tribute to all canine companions, both living and no longer alive.

Butterfly experts will also provide information on how to protect and support Monarch butterflies.

Butterflies can be purchased in advance at elderdog.ca or by calling 1-855-336-4226.

A limited number of butterflies will also be sold on site beginning at 2 p.m. All proceeds support ElderDog Canada.

The memorial service and butterfly release, at 907 Feltzen South Road, is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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