Place to Paws™ Building Site

Help ElderDog Build Place to Paws

We released 100 butterflies in memory of beloved companions at our Second Annual ElderDog Jubilee and Butterfly Release to raise money to build Place to Paws — a small, chapel-like building where people (and dogs) can honour the animal-human relationship and pay tribute to canine companions who have passed on. Place to Paws will house a gallery for commemorative photographs, a memory wall, a contemplative space for quiet repose, and a meeting area and will host pet loss support groups and annual memorial services.

The future site of Place to Paws, on ElderDog National Office property in Nova Scotia, is a beautiful clearing overlooking a sheltered cove and surrounded by tall evergreens, wild apple trees, and the occasional hardwood. Visitors to Place to Paws are welcome to walk the 4km of trails through field and forest, take a dip in the cove, or relax on the shore and appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the ElderDog property.

Place to Paws will be built in phases as we raise money for each phase. The first Jubilee and Butterfly Release gave us a kick-start of $3,000.00. We unveiled the building design and drawings at the 2nd Annual. We plan to break ground in the Fall and, hopefully, be under construction for next year’s Butterfly Release. Please help make Place to Paws happen by:

Purchasing a butterfly to release in commemoration at next year’s Release (

Donating to ElderDog Canada and directing your donation to Place to Paws;
Purchasing, for $10.00, a custom embroidered oval patch (4.25” x 5.25”) — an original design created especially for ElderDog Canada by graphic artist, Bronwen Moore, as ElderDog’s symbol of commemoration.

• Donating building materials;
• Donating related professional services related to the building trades;
Volunteering time and skills to help with the building.