Kate Harrington with Viper, her Autism assistance guide dog. CARLA ALLEN PHOTO
You can help provide dog guides at no cost to people who need them most. The Kingston Lions will be hosting the Purina Walk for Dog Guides at the Greenwood Mall on May 25. The five-kilometre walk begins at 9 a.m.
Dog guides help many Canadians with disabilities take a step toward independence. By participating in the Walk for Dog Guides, you can help provide dog guides to people who need them most at no cost to the recipient. There is no registration fee and all the funds raised go toward providing dog guides.
Since 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has provided specially trained dog guides to people of all ages across the country. Each dog guide costs about $25,000 to raise and train. The foundation doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on the support of fundraising events and donations from service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals.
The Lions foundation trains six 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, service 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 and diabetic alert dog guides for people with type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.
The Walk for Dog Guides is a national event held in more than 200 communities across Canada. For more information, to register or donate, visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.