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Annual Walk for Dog Guides Draws Large Crowd

by Shanine Sealey

Martensville’s 10th annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides took place on Sunday, May 26th, which brought out approximately 100 participants and over 40 dogs. This event raised over $16,000, with more donations still coming in, and all proceeds will go towards helping ensure local residents can receive a dog guide. Donations can still be made online at https://www.walkfordogguides.com/.

“We do seven different disciplines of Guide Dogs; Vision, Hearing, Diabetic Alert, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Service for physical disabilities and Facility Support for traumatic situations,” Doug Ward of the Martensville & District Lions Club, explained.

Guide dogs typically cost approximately $35,000 to raise and train; however, thanks to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, they are provided to a successful client at no cost, once they apply and provide the required medical documentation.

“After having another successful walk this past weekend, I would like to thank local businesses in Martensville, Warman, and Saskatoon that made a donation to the walk and to all of the people that collected donations and came out to the walk. Martensville is a great community to live in,” Ward stated.

For more information on how you can apply to receive a dog guide, contact the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides at 1-800-768-3030 or visit www.dogguides.com.

“Sponsorship of a client to go and get training and bonding with a dog is usually covered by money raised by donations, dog walks or local Lions Clubs. We get no government funding,” Ward added.

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