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Alliston Lions raise $3K+ for Dog Guides

September 27, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

On Saturday September 21, the Alliston Lions Club hosted its second annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.

The event drew 40 participants, including Lions, and 19 dogs, and raised a total of $3,012.85 for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

“Our ‘Pack Leader’ sponsor this year was Boston Pizza, who was our largest sponsors next to Pet Valu,” Alliston Lions Club member and Walk for Dog Guides Committee Chair, Jaime Karsch, told The Times. “We also received a donation from Royal LePage RCR Realty.”

Prizes for the event were donated by Boyne Veterinary Clinic, Zehrs, Domino’s Alliston, Costco Barrie, Sweetest Smelling Scents – Independent Scentsy Consultant, and Scrubadub-Doggie. McDonald’s Alliston donated the coffee.

“All of our participants received a complimentary coffee, hot dog – beef, turkey or veggie, pop and water, and an ice cream from Twist & Shout Soft Serve Ice Cream. Plus, they all received a ‘doggy-bag’ with lots of goodies to take home,” said Karsch.

The Alliston Walk was 2.2 kms in length, starting from the Lions hall on Boyne Street, then west on Victoria, south on Church, east on Albert, north on Dufferin, east on Victoria and back to the club. 

“Participants mentioned that cars slowed down to see what was going on, honked and waved,” added Karsch. “The Walk for Dog Guides was a great success with one hundred per cent of the money going directly towards the training and placement of Dog Guides for Canadians with medical or physical disabilities.” 

It costs approximately $25,000 to breed, train and match a life-saving Dog Guide with a person or family. The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is the largest annual fundraiser for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which produces seven types of Dog Guides:

Canine Vision for the blind or visually impaired 

Hearing Dogs for the deaf and hard of hearing

Service Dogs for people with a physical disability

Seizure Response for people with epilepsy

Autism Assistance for children with autism spectrum disorder

Diabetic Alert for Type 1 diabetics with hypoglycemic unawareness

Support Dogs for professional agencies with people in traumatic situations 

To date the annual walk have received over $17 million. In 2019 there were 276 registered walks from coast to coast.

Pet Valu is the National Sponsor and they cover all administrative and promotional costs, ensuring one hundred per cent of the proceeds go to Lions Foundation of Canada. 

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