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Walk for Dog Guides raises $2,638 in Alliston

October 7, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek


The Alliston Lions Club, in partnership with Alliston Pet Valu, hosted the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, September 30th from the Lions Club Hall on Boyne Street.

More than 50 people attended the event, including participants, Lions, volunteers and vendors, accompanied by 15 dogs, and 1 dog guide.

A total of $2,638 was raised for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

“Thanks to our sponsors 100 per cent of the funds raised from the Walk go directly towards the raising, training and placement of Dog Guides for Canadians with a medical or physical disabilities,” said Lion Jaime Karsch, Walk for Dog Guides Committee Chair. “Each Dog Guide costs approximately $25,000 to raise, train and place. All Dog Guides are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. The Lions Foundation does not receive any government funding.”

There are six 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 (aged 3–12) on the autism spectrum
  • Diabetic Alert Dog Guides, for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness


In Alliston, the Lions A12 District Governor has created a project to sponsor three Diabetic Alert Dog Guides at the cost of $8,000 each by June of 2019.

“All the money raised from the Alliston Walk directly fund this project,” said Karsch.

The Alliston Walk for Dog Guides had goodie bags for all participants, as well as a free barbecue with hot-dogs, drinks and raffle prizes.

“In addition, Alliston Pet Valu was a huge part of this event, they helped plan the event from the beginning and assisted in all aspects of the event,” said Karsch. “Participants walked to Pet Valu and back to the Lions Hall.”

“Boyne Veterinary Clinic set up a booth at the event, they raffled two great gift baskets and gave away lots of free items,” added Karsch. “They donated their time before and during the event and they were a huge part of our fundraising success.”

“We had a fantastic turnout for our first event, with over 50 people in attendance. The community was the heart of this event, from the participants to our sponsors, they all came together to make this Walk a great success,” said Karsch.

The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraiser held in approximately 300 communities across Canada. The Walk raises funds for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, whose mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them a Dog Guide at no cost.

While each Dog Guide costs an average of $25,000, they are provided free of charge to qualifying Canadians.

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