Going to dogs for ‘a new leash’ on life

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides wants to make more life-changing matches possible for Canadians with disabilities

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides wants to make more life-changing matches possible for Canadians with disabilities, and on Sunday, May 29, Aldergrove is hosting one of more than 200 walks taking place across the country this spring.

“Dog Guides make the world more accessible for their handlers, whether it?s by navigating city sidewalks or by literally opening a door,” said Aldergrove resident Tom Latter, who is planning the local event. “This walk is a way for our community to contribute to a cross-Canada success story.”

The annual walk raises funds for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, a national charity which breeds, trains, and matches service dogs with qualifying applicants. The walk in Aldergrove is being hosted by Aldergrove Lions Club, of which Latter is a member.

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides has gained steady momentum over the past 30 years, last year raising more than $1,195,000 nationally. Thanks to lead sponsor Nestle Purina Pet Care, 100 per cent of funds raised go directly to Dog Guide programs, offsetting the cost of breeding, training and placing Dog Guides, and allowing the organization to provide them at no cost. The walk is a family and dog-friendly event, suitable for all ages and abilities.

At the Aldergrove Walk on Sunday, May 29, registration and sign-in begins at 9 a.m., and walk commences at 10 a.m. at 2888 – 273 St., Aldergrove.

To register or donate, visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com