Lunen­burg Elder­dog fundraiser a suc­cess

South Shore Breaker - - LOCAL - DIANNE CROW­ELL edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

Older adults and older dogs gath­ered re­cently in Lunen­burg to cel­e­brate the na­tional launch of Best Friends Day on June 8, a fundraiser for Elder­dog Canada, a non-profit es­tab­lished in 2009 that of­fers ser­vices that may lengthen the time the owner and dog have to­gether or as­sist in re-hom­ing the dog to a lov­ing home.

Lo­cal mer­chants, such as Iron­works Dis­tillery, Salt­box Brew­ery, Pe­tite Riviere Vine­yards and So­las Kom­bucha, added to the fes­tiv­i­ties by of­fer­ing free sam­ples of their li­ba­tions. Lynne Mackay, owner of Iron­works Dis­til­lary, ex­plained how busi­nesses across the coun­try can raise aware­ness of Elder­dog and con­trib­ute to help main­tain the ser­vices. “A hang tag show­ing Elder­dog’s logo can be placed on the prod­uct of choice let­ting the pur­chaser know a por­tion of the sale will be do­nated to Elder­dog. Iron­works has cho­sen its dark rum dur­ing the month of its high­est sales, Au­gust, we are call­ing it our ‘Dog Days of Sum­mer’ sale.”

It may be a brief med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion where Elder­dog vol­un­teers as­sist with the care of the dog, such as ex­er­cise, groom­ing and vet vis­its, or per­haps a more life chang­ing event such as mov­ing to an as­sisted-care fa­cil­ity where pets are not wel­come. Elder­dog of­fers a gen­tle so­lu­tion for th­ese dogs, who might oth­er­wise be put down, by fos­ter­ing them and find­ing them a new for­ever home. The or­ga­ni­za­tion now has branches in seven prov­inces across Canada.

Ar­dra Cole, the founder of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, was pleased to see so many peo­ple at the event, but even more pleased to point out the num­ber of happy re-homed older dogs in at­ten­dance. She ex­plained, “The process of fos­ter­ing and re-hom­ing is a lengthy and very su­per­vised part of Elder­dog’s ser­vices. There is some­thing spe­cial about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween th­ese dogs and the hu­mans who care for them.” To par­tic­i­pate in the Best Friends

Day fundraiser or to at­tend an Elder­dog Canada event, check out www.elder­dog.ca or Face­book page.

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