Sioux Lookout Lions Club supports walk for dog guides
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
A small group of participants gathered at the Sioux Lookout Travel Information Centre last Saturday for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.
The event is a national fundraiser, supported locally by the Sioux Lookout Lions Club.
Funds raised through the walk are used to train a variety of service dogs.
Sioux Lookout Lion Rhonda Konrad explained that a variety of service dogs are trained through the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program, including canine vision dog guides, service dog guides, autism assistance dog guides, hearing ear dog guides, seizure response dog guides, and diabetic alert dog guides.
“Dogs can be a support to help people lead healthy, independent lives,” she stated.
Each dog guide costs approximately $25,000 to raise, train, and place
“Without this kind of funding they would be expensive, probably prohibitive, for families to be able to afford a service dog for their loved one. This helps lower the cost,” Konrad concluded.