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10th Annual Walk for Dog Guides Takes Place May 26th

by Shanine Sealey

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 26th for an event that is sure to be fun for the whole family, including the dogs! The annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides will be taking place for its 10th year in Martensville at the Lions Heritage Park, located at 415 6th Avenue South.


The event is hosted by the Martensville & District Lions Club, in partnership with the Saskatoon Lions Club and will help raise funds and awareness for Dog Guides that are needed in Martensville and the surrounding communities.


Last year, over 40 dogs and approximately 80 people attended the event, which raised an estimated $16,000. Event organizer Doug Ward of the Martensville & District Lions Club hopes to beat last year’s total at the May 26th event.


Registration will begin at 1:00pm, followed by the walk at 2:00pm, which will go from the Heritage Centre to Cones Ice Cream in Kinsmen Park, where the dogs will be treated to pup cups sponsored by Wag Dog Daycare and Boarding. Once everyone returns to the Heritage Centre, there will be a BBQ sponsored by the Martensville Co-op and the City of Martensville. There will also be doggie bags for each handler and dogs as well as some door prizes and raffle prizes to give away.


The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides takes place throughout the country each year, with all proceeds from the event going towards providing dog guides to those in need at no cost. According to Ward, there will be a new Hearing Guide Dog coming to a Martensville resident this summer.


Dog Guides are trained in one of seven different programs, which include; hearing, canine vision, seizure response, service, diabetes alert, autism assistance and facility support and in total, the process for a dog guide can cost upwards of $35,000.


Thanks to fundraisers such as this, individuals can receive these life-changing dog guides at no cost.


Donation collection sheets are available through the Martensville & District Lions Club, or can be made online at www.walkfordogguides.com. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.


“I would like to thank the residents and businesses of Martensville as well as some from Saskatoon for their continued support over the years. Especially like to thank The Pet Valu stores in Martensville, Warman, Market Mall and Kensington in Saskatoon for their support,” Ward stated.


For more information, contact Doug Ward at (306) 491-8914 or email fishforever1949@gmail.com. To register, donate, or learn more about the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, visit www.walkfordogguides.com.

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