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Local Lions Clubs to host annual walk for dog guides on Sunday

The Lions Foundation Dog Guide program wants you to pledge to raise funds for the raising and training of dog guides. - Photo submitted
The Lions Foundation Dog Guide program wants you to pledge to raise funds for the raising and training of dog guides.
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On Sunday, May 25th, a fur-friendly walk will be held at Wasa Lake at 1 p.m. to raise money for the Lions Foundation Dog Guide program.  Registration takes place from 12 noon – 1 pm at the Wasa Lions Picnic Site with the walk following.  After the walk everyone meets back at the Picnic Site for food, fun, games and prizes.  This Walk is fun for the entire family.

Everyone is invited, including your dog if you wish (on-leash please!).  There is no registration fee we only ask walkers to raise pledges which go towards the raising and training of the Dog Guides for Canadians with disabilities.  Pledge forms have been distributed throughout Mark Creek (Kimberley), Wasa and Cranbrook.  If you need a pledge form or further information please call (250) 427-3550 in Kimberley or on line at www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.

This Walk is hosted by the Mark Creek, Wasa and Cranbrook Lions Clubs and is just one of over 100 Walks held annually across Canada – all to ensure that Dog Guides can be trained and placed free of charge with Canadians who have visual, hearing and medical or physical disabilities.  The cost of raising and training a Dog Guide is over $20,000/dog, so every $ helps.  100% of all pledges raised go directly into training and placement of these Dog Guides.

Meeting the demand for Dog Guides is Lions Foundation of Canada’s biggest challenge.  Dog Guides were once trained to serve people with visual impairment only; they can now be trained to assist those with hearing impairment, and with physical and medical disabilities as well.  The dogs that are trained are Canine Vision Dog Guides, Hearing Ear Dog Guides, Special Skills Dog Guides, Seizure Response Dog Guides, Diabetic Response and Autism Assistance Dog Guides

For further information on the Walk or the Dog Guide program or if you need transportation to the event please call (250) 427-3550 or on-line at www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.

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