Walk for Dog Guides set for May 25 in Shelburne

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A scene from last year’s event.

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By Amy Woolvett

Once again two-legged and four-legged friends will join together to take steps to help those with disabilities achieve greater independence by participating in the Shelburne Purina Walk for Dog Guides.

It takes place at the Shelburne Lion’s Hall on May 25 beginning at 9 a.m.

This is an event close to local Martin Fudge’s heart who has organized this event in the past, helping to raise much-needed funds.

“Last year we raised $2900 and we had one of the best shows with 14 walkers,” he said.

He asks that anyone who can, raise a bit of money and join the community in the walk.

Dogs on leashes are invited to participate as well.

There will be tickets for sale on a BBQ at the Shelburne Mall May 8, 17 and 24 and on the day of the walk.

Shelburne is one of 200 organized walks in Canada, providing community members to get together and positively impact the lives of Shelburne resident’s living with disabilities. 

It costs $25,000 to train and place a dog guide but with the funds raised by these walks, people receive their dogs at no cost.

“We are truly grateful for the support from communities like Shelburne,” explained Sandy Turney, executive director with the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.  “As our largest annual fundraiser, the walk goes a long way in helping provide dog guides at no cost.”

Dog guides are trained to assist people who are visually impaired, hard of hearing or deaf and those who have medical and physical disabilities.  One hundred percent of funds raised from the walk will go towards providing dog guides to Canadians in need.

Organizations: Shelburne Purina Walk for Dog Guides, Lions Foundation, Canada Dog Guides

Geographic location: Shelburne, Canada

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