Walk for dog guides returns

Participate in the Aldergrove Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 27, and help provide Dog Guides to people with disabilities

A five kilometre walk can help someone in Aldergrove gain greater independence, safety and mobility. Participate in the Aldergrove Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 27, and help provide Dog Guides to people with disabilities in your community.

The Walk will take place at Philip Jackman Park, with registration opening at 12 p.m. and the walk starting at 1 p.m. There is no registration fee and 100 per cent of the funds raised will go towards raising, training and placing Dog Guides, at no cost to those in need.

Since 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada has provided specially trained Dog Guides at no cost to people of all ages from coast to coast. Each Dog Guide costs approximately $20,000 to raise and train, yet they are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of fundraising events and donations from service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals across the country to continue its success.

The Foundation trains five different types of Dog Guides:

• 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

• Special Skills Dog Guides for people with a medical or physical disability

• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy

• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children with autism spectrum disorder

The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides is a national event that is held in more than 250 communities across Canada, thanks to title sponsor, Purina, and national sponsors TwinPro Graphics, Fido, WestJet, HLP + Partners and Dan’s Pet Shop.

For more information, to register for the Walk, or to donate, visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com. See you there!