Dogs are amazing creatures. Service dogs, doubly so. Not only do dogs make loving and loyal family members, they are literally life-changing—and in some cases, life-saving—for people with special needs.
We've all heard of 'seeing eye' dogs for the visually and hearing impaired, but did you know that these remarkable four-legged friends also assist people with physical disabilities, seizures, diabetes, and even autism?
Since 1983, the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) has been providing working dogs at no cost to the Canadians who need them. That's more than 2,000 dogs and around $25,000 to raise and put each puppy through a rigorous training program.
You may surprised (or not) to discover that the Lions Foundation receives no government funding whatsoever and relies solely on fundraising and donations.
Held on Sunday, 25th May, this year's Purina Walk for Dog Guides will raise much-needed funds to help provide dog guides to Canadians with special needs.
Everyone (and every canine!) is welcome to take part, regardless of age, fitness level.
To walk or simply donate, please visit the website or call 1 (800) 768-3030 for details.