This May, Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides Goes Virtual! Register Today!
This May, Canadians from coast-to-coast will join the Pet Valu Virtual Walk for Dog Guides in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG), a national charity that provides Dog Guides at no cost.
Typically held in-person at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion, this year the SSM Lions Club is hosting the virtual walk online for Sault Ste. Marie!
The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in approximately 300 communities across Canada. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. Each walk is organized by local volunteers with support from Lions Foundation of Canada.
To date, the walk has raised more than $19 million!
One of our Lions Club members Hedi Kment is a guide dog owner and she will not go anywhere without her guide dog. Her dog has changed her life, gave her back her independence, her confidence and her freedom.
Why participate in the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides?
♥ To help provide Dog Guides at no cost to the growing number of Canadians who need them.
♥ To enjoy a fun day outside and to join your community in fundraising for the national charity. Share with your friends, family and co-workers and head out for an adventure to support a good cause!
♥ Everyone is welcome – all ages and abilities – and you are not required to complete the route to participate.
♥ Everyone is a winner! The money you raise goes towards this important program and you could earn an incentive prize.
♥ There is no registration fee and donations you raise will go towards the cause.
2021 goal is to raise $1.3 million 🙂
LFCDG breeds future Dog Guides and places them with volunteer families for 12-18 months. These pups come back to Dog Guide University to major in one of the seven programs (Canine Vision, Hearing, Service for people with a physical ability, seizure response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support for professional agencies assisting individuals in traumatic situations).
LFCDG depend on this annual fundraising walk for critical support. You can make a donation or join the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides by registering online at https://www.walkfordogguides.com/ Under walk locations choose Sault Ste. Marie.
Since 1983, the foundation has provided over 3,000 Dog Guides across Canada. They are the only accredited Assistance Dog School in the world that trains Dog Guides in seven programs. The foundation receives zero government funding and relies on the support of the public to continue to provide Dog Guides.