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Take your pooch for a walk for a cause this weekend

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides happens Sunday
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Canadians and their four-legged best friends are preparing to walk together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 26. This year’s walk is at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion and registration starts at 10 a.m. with the walk starting at 11 a.m. (rain or shine). The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides helps to raise, train and place service dogs with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability. The event is dog-friendly, but you do not need a dog to participate. Come out with the kids, visit the vendors and see the mascot, Sparky!

This walk is being organized by the SSM Lions Club and other local volunteers, with support from Lions Foundation of Canada (LFOC). Held annually, all walks raised over $1.25 million last year and the LFOC is striving to surpass that goal and reach a new milestone of $1.5 million.

Thanks to the generous support of the title sponsor Pet Valu, 100 per cent of the funds raised by each walker will go directly towards six Dog Guide programs:
    •    Canine Vision Dog Guides
    •    Hearing Ear Dog Guides
    •    Service Dog Guides
    •    Seizure Response Dog Guides
    •    Autism Assistance Dog Guides
    •    Diabetic Alert Dog Guides

It costs $25,000 to breed, train and match a life-changing Dog Guide with a person or family. They are provided free of charge to qualifying applicants.

“I would not go without my guide dog... she changed my life... gave me back my independence... my confidence... I can go to the mall... go for coffee... find a table... and not sit on anyone's lap!” - Hedi Kment, Lions Club member and guide dog owner

By participating in the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, you can help provide life-changing Dog Guides to Canadians with disabilities. For more information, to find the walk in the Sault and register, or to make a donation, please visit here.