On behalf of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and the Strathroy – Caradoc Lions Club we would like to offer our thanks for all those who participated in the Purinan Walk for Dog Guides in Strathroy on August 29th. “Thank you!” to those who brought their dog(s) and to those who sponsored these dogs. We are happy to report that we were able to raise $3,100.00 for the Dog Guide programs.
Based in Oakville, Ontario, Lions Foundation trains and provides six types of Dog Guides – Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Special Skills, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance and Diabetic Alert. Each Dog Guide costs approximately $25,000 to raise and train, yet is provided to qualified applicants at no cost. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides does not receive any government funding and depends entirely on donations and fundraising events like the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. This is a national fundraising event with more than 250 walks in communities across Canada. Thanks to our national sponsors, all proceeds from the walk go directly to the Dog Guide programs.
The tasks that each Dog Guide carries out – guiding someone around obstacles found on most daily routes; alerting a new mother that her baby is crying; or helping someone into bed each night – are impressive in themselves, however our clients tell us time and again that a Dog Guide’s value is not just a sum of its skills. By instilling confidence and being a devoted presence around the clock, Dog Guides change their handlers’ lives; strengthening connections to the people, places and sounds around them, allowing their independence and self-respect to grow.
We invite people to support the local businesses that supported us. “Thank you!” to our local sponsors for this event:
52 Midale Cres., London, N5X 3C3 24 Front St., Strathroy, N7G 1X4
18 Front St., Strathroy, N7G 1X4 51 Front St., Strathroy, N7G 1Y5
NOTE: Dollar Haven donated 9 prizes that were awarded to dogs with distinctive characteristics such as : smallest dog, longest tail, etc.
Redeemable gift vouchers were awarded by: Perfect Paws Dog Grooming & Boarding, Strathroy Food Basics, Entertainment Tonight.
An athletic equipment bag was donated by GoodLife Fitness.
5 gift baskets containing ‘dog products’ were donated by Strathroy Animal Clinic.
We’re “in pressed!”