Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides June 9 in Idlewild
According to the Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017, one in five Canadians had disabilities that limited them in their daily activity. Which is why this spring, Canadians and their four-legged friends are preparing to walk together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.
This year’s walk will be held in approximately 300 communities across Canada, including Sunday, June 9 in Cranbrook at Idlewild Park.
The largest fundraising endeavour of its kind, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides helps to raise, train and place Dog Guides with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability.
Each walk is organized by local volunteers with support from Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and Pet Valu stores. Held annually, the Walk has raised more than $17 million to-date.
All of the funds raised by each walker will go directly towards seven Dog Guide programs:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides, for people who are blind or visually impaired;
• Hearing Dog Guides, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing;
• Service Dog Guides, for people with a physical disability;
• Seizure Response Dog Guides, for people who have epilepsy;
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides, for children on the autism spectrum;
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides, for people who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness;
• Support Dog Guides, for professional agencies with individuals in traumatic situations.
While each Dog Guide costs an average of $25,000, they are provided free of charge to qualifying Canadians. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations, and fundraising activities. This is why the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is so important. By participating in the Walk, you can help provide life-changing Dog Guides to Canadians with disabilities.
For more information, to find a Walk and register or to make a donation, please visit www.walkfordogguides.com.
The Cranbrook Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides will take place on June 9 at 11 a.m. at Idlewild Park.