The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides have supplied more than 3,000 dogs to Canadians over the years. A walk to help them continue their work is planned for May 26 in Chilliwack.

Walk for support dog program planned for Chilliwack

Organization that provides Dog Guides to disabled Canadians relying on participation in walk

Calling all dogs, dog walkers, and walkers in general.

It’s time to lace up and leash up for a good cause. The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is hosting The Chilliwack Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, May 26.

The walk is open to all ages and abilities, to those with or without service dogs, and to those with family dogs or no dogs at all. The purpose of the walk to raise money for The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which provides service dogs to Canadians at no cost, and with no government funding.

They say about one in five Canadians have disabilities that limited them in their daily activity, based on 2017 statistics.

This year, the foundation is holding about 300 walks in communities across the country, making it the largest fundraising endeavor of its kind. So far, they’ve raised $17 million from its past walks, and that money helps with raising, training and placing Dog Guides to Canadians with a medical or physical disability.

With the title sponsors’ help, 100 per cent of the funds raised by each walker goes toward their seven programs. Those are the 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; and 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. They have supplied more than 3,000 dogs to Canadians over the years. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations, and fundraising activities.

For more information, to find a walk and register or to make a donation, visit www.walkfordogguides.com. There is no registration fee, but walkers are encouraged to gather pledges online.

Chilliwack’s walk takes place May 26 at 1 p.m. at Bosley’s by Pet Valu, Unit 6, 45955 Yale Rd.

Just Posted

Girl Guides go back to basics with door-to-door cookie sales in Chilliwack, Agassiz

Chilliwack District Girl Guides’ cookie fundraiser will take place Sunday, Sept. 29

Chilliwack’s oldest school, Central elementary, celebrates 90 years

Historic photos, scrap books, the school song all part of upcoming 90th celebration

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk strolls into Chilliwack next month

Photographers meet up to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images, and sharing with like-minded people

Libraries call on reading buddies, dads to take part in literacy programs in Chilliwack

The annual Reading Buddies program and the brand-new Man in the Moon story time start this month

Westbound crash on Highway 1 in Langley causing extreme traffic delays

Collision occured just after Glover Road, cars backed up all the way to 264th Street

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

Over 200 Hotel Georgia hospitality workers join ‘open-ended strike’

Unionized workers at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront have also walked out

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Hiker rescued after spending night on Crown Mountain

North Shore Rescue spotted the woman by helicopter over Hanes Valley

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read