- How was Lions Foundation of Canada founded?
Lions Foundation of Canada is a national charity founded in 1983 by Lions clubs from across Canada. The Lions Foundation is the founder and primary funder of Dog Guides Canada..
- What is the mission of Lions Foundation of Canada?
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides’ mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no cost.
- What different types of Dog Guides are trained?
Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired
Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
Service (formerly Special Skills) Dog Guides for people who have a physical disability
Seizure Response Dog Guides for people who have epilepsy
Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children who have autism spectrum disorder
Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
- What is a Canine Vision Dog Guide?
Canine Vision Dog Guides help increase the mobility and self-confidence of people who are blind or visually impaired by enabling their handlers to travel safely through crowded areas, traffic and around obstacles. Providing a Dog Guide to a person who is blind or visually impaired brings comfort in knowing "they will never walk alone." more information
- What is a Hearing Ear Dog Guide?
Hearing Ear Dog Guides are trained to alert handlers who are deaf or hard of hearing to sounds they cannot detect. These Dog Guides alert their handlers to sounds such as the telephone/doorbell ringing, a child crying, an alarm clock sounding, the calling of their name and the sound of an activated fire alarm. more information
- What is a Service (formerly Special Skills) Dog Guide?
Service Dog Guides are trained to work with people who have a physical disability and assist them with daily functions like opening and closing doors and drawers, retrieving dropped items such as a pencil or keys, and seeking help should assistance be required. more information
- What is a Seizure Response Dog Guide?
Seizure Response Dog Guides help people who have epilepsy. They are specially trained to react to their handler's seizures by barking for help, activating an alert system or by getting help within a home environment. more information
- What is an Autism Assistance Dog Guide?
Autism Assistance Dog Guides help provide safety, companionship and unconditional love for children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As well as providing comfort and consistency for both the child and their family, Autism Assistance Dog Guides provide calming relief for children in high anxiety situations and reduce the stress commonly experienced in public places. Bonding with the Dog Guide helps both the child and their family gain increased independence and social interaction. more information
- What is an Diabetic Alert Dog Guide?
Diabetic Alert Dog Guides help people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. They are trained to detect sudden drops in their handler’s blood sugar through scent and alert them so that they can take glucose tablets or eat something sweet if needed. They also bark for help or activate an alert system if needed. more information
- What is the Foster Puppy Program?
Volunteer families provide foster homes for approximately one year to ensure puppies adjust to home and city environments. It is an important socialization stage for a Dog Guide to prepare for its working life. more information
- How much does each Dog Guide cost?
The average cost of raising and training each Dog Guide is approximately $25,000, however they are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. This includes transportation as well as room and board for the handlers while at the training school in Oakville. To offset part of this cost, the Lions Foundation seeks sponsors for each graduating Dog Guide team. Sponsorships are:
Diabetic Alert Dog Guides
- Is Lions Foundation of Canada government funded?
- Where does funding come from?
Lions and Lioness clubs contribute approximately 25% of revenue each year. The majority of funding is comprised of individual and corporate donations, foundation grants and service club contributions from across the country. Fundraising events such as the Walk for Dog Guides are essential to each year's funding.
- What fundraising events do you have?
The Walk for Dog Guides is the largest fundraising event of its kind, held in more than 200 communities across Canada. To date the Walk has raised more than $10 million for Dog Guides.
Many organizations and companies host events on behalf of Dog Guides, such as golf tournaments and corporate fundraisers. Each year, the Lions Foundation hosts auctions, open houses, and the Ride for Dog Guides.
- Which dogs are trained as Dog Guides?
Dogs that exhibit the best combination of stability, intelligence and willingness to work are selected. The most commonly used breeds are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles and Miniature Poodles.
- Where do Dog Guides come from?
Dog Guides Canada breeds approximately 90% of its Dog Guides, at its breeding facility in Breslau, Ontario. Some dogs are generously donated by breeders from across the country or other guide or assistance dog schools internationally.
- What is the success rate?
Approximately 65% of foster puppies graduate as a Dog Guide. Dogs are disqualified based on temperament or health. Once disqualified, puppies are placed with suitable families. more information
- How long does it take to train a Dog Guide?
It takes approximately 4 to 6 months to fully train a Dog Guide in one of the six programs. All Dog Guides undergo a training program with a qualified trainer. The Dog Guide is then matched with its handler and together they are trained with their handler at the Oakville, Ontario facility.
- How can I give a loving home to a career change dog?
Dogs that do not make it into the program are adopted to suitable families. There is an application form to complete and the price is based on the reasons for disqualification. more information
- How long do Dog Guides work for?
The average retirement age is between 8 and 10 years old. Retired Dog Guides usually then live with a family member, neighbor, or friend of the client. Occasionally, retired Dog Guides are available for adoption.
- How many Dog Guide teams are in existence?
More than 2,500 teams have graduated from Dog Guides Canada. The current annual target is to graduate 160 teams in all six programs.
- What is Dog Guides' Charitable Tax Number?