Walk for Dog Guides to give Canadians new leash on life

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Press Release

Tuesday, May 26 2015

The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides is celebrating 30 years of supporting Canadians with physical and medical disabilities, and Gabriola Island is hosting one of more than 200 walks taking place across the country this spring. 

The annual event raises funds for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, a national charitable organization which breeds, trains, and places service dogs with qualifying applicants. The walk in Gabriola Island is being organized by the Gabriola Island Lions Club, which is a strong supporter of the foundation. 

“A lot of time, money, and resources go into training a service dog, and the organization is able to provide them at no cost to Canadians who need them,” said Gabriola Island resident Jude Briscoe, the walk’s organizer and member of Gabriola Island Lions Club. “These wonderful dogs make such a difference to people and their families, and I hope the community here will support that effort.” 

The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides has gained steady momentum over its 30 years, last year raising more than $1,163,000. Thanks to lead sponsor Nestlé Purina Pet Care, 100 per cent of funds raised go directly to Dog Guide programs, offsetting the cost of breeding, training and placing Dog Guides, and allowing the organization to provide them at no cost. The walk is a family and dog-friendly event, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Gabriola Island Walk details: • Sunday, May 31

• Registration and sign-in begins at 10 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

• Location: Gabriola Sands Provincial Park

• To register or donate, visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com

• The Walk is open to all ages and abilities, and you don’t need a dog to participate