Purina walk for Lions dogs

NANAIMO – Purina Walk for Dog Guides raises cash to provide guide dogs to people with disabilities.

An upcoming dog walk fundraiser will help people with disabilities.

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides happens at Maffeo Sutton Park at the Lions Pavilion Sunday (May 26).

Dog lovers and dog owners are invited to come down and walk their dogs to raise cash to provide dog guides to people with disabilities.

Cash raised helps the Lions Foundation of Canada train dogs in the foundation’s canine vision, hearing ear, special skills, seizure response, autism assistance and other programs.

Each dog cost about $20,000 to raise and train. The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides receives no government funding and all dogs are provided at no cost.

As the number of Canadians with disabilities grows to one person in seven, the Purina Walk for Dog Guides becomes more important and has so far helped the Lions provide 1,970 dog guides to Canadians who need them.

Registration for this year’s walk starts at 10 a.m. and the walk sets out at 11 a.m.

There are also contests and prizes for walk participants, including a 32-inch Toshiba Slim HD LED TV, a one-night stay for two at any Delta hotel or resort across Canada and one year’s supply of pet food from Nestlé Purina PetCare.

For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit the event website at www.purinawalkfordogguides.