The Fenelon Falls and District Lions Club are promoting this year’s Walk for Dog Guides as a virtual walk this year on May 30.
For several years the physical walks have helped raised many thousands of dollars to support the raising and training of dog guides, says a media release. Individual Lions clubs across Canada manage the walks and 100 per cent of funds raised and donated go toward the breeding and training of dogs as dog guides by Lions Foundation of Canada.
Their mission is to assist Canadians with medical or physical disabilities by providing them with specially trained service dogs. Each dog costs the foundation $25,000 to raise, train and place, but they are provided at no cost to qualified applicants.
Lions Foundation of Canada does not receive any government funding and relies on the generosity of Canadians to meet its mission. Dogs are trained to assist in vision, service, autism spectrum, hearing, seizure response and diabetic alert assistance. The club in Fenelon Falls has been able to supply a dog to each of two local residents in recent years.
More information can be found at www.walkfordogguides.com.