CANADA DOG GUIDES
This spring, Sault Ste. Marie residents and their four-legged best friends are preparing to walk together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 28 at Roberta Bondar Park.
This year's Walk will be held in more than 240 communities across Canada, many of which will take place on Sunday, May 28, the national walk date.
The largest fundraising endeavor of its kind, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides helps to raise, train and place service dogs with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability. All dogs are welcome to participate, but you do not need a dog to join us.
Sault Ste. Marie's walk is being organized by Douglas Moxam with support from Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club. Held annually, the Walk has raised more than $14 million over the years.
Thanks to the generous support of our national sponsors, Pet Valu, VIA Rail, and Cadillac Fairview, 100 per cent of the funds raised by each walker will go directly towards our six Dog Guide programs:
- Canine Vision Dog Guides, for people who are blind or visually impaired
- Hearing Ear Dog Guides, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Service Dog Guides, for people with a physical disability
- Seizure Response Dog Guides, for people who have epilepsy
- Autism Assistance Dog Guides, for children (aged 3-12) on the autism spectrum
- Diabetic Alert Dog Guides, for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
Sophia of London, Ont. was matched with Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Goldie. "Having a Dog Guide in our home has reinforced that love can be shown in many ways, says Sophias father, Luigi. Goldies become one of the family, and is a huge part of our lives.
While each Dog Guide costs an average of $25,000, they are provided free of charge to qualifying applicants. Lions Foundation of Canada receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations, and fundraising activities. This is why the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is so important.
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 a Walk and register, or to make a donation, please visit www.walkfordogguides.com.