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Walk hosted by Markham Lions Club hailed a tremendous success - July 20, 2017

Grace Anglican Church was the home base for this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in Markham, Ont. Our thanks to the Markham Lions Club for organizing this year’s Walk within the community. Check out the photos from the latest edition of Snapd Markham.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Horses - July 18, 2017

While riding across Canada on horseback this summer, Jewel and Katie Keca will raise money and awareness for Dog Guides Canada. The girls’ story is featured in the latest issue of Blaze magazine.  Subscribe to the magazine – and read the article in full.

Cross-Canada journey to money for Dog Guides - July 17, 2017

Katie and Jewel Keca left Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia in May on a cross-Canada adventure to raise money and awareness for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.  CTV Ottawa has the latest on the girls’ journey.

Hearing Ear Dog Guide completely changes teen’s life - July 14, 2017

Mira and her Hearing Ear Dog Guide Gladys have formed an unbreakable bond. After training with Dog Guide Gladys, Mira left Lions Foundation of Canada with a new outlook on life, and an increased desire to help others. Read about Mira’s remarkable journey in the Cape Breton Post.

Dog Guides Canada receives $27,000 donation - July 14, 2017

Thanks to a successful McHappy Day in Oakville earlier this spring, Dog Guides Canada received a very generous donation from two local – and incredibly kind – business owners.

Read more here.

Oshawa steps up for Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - July 11, 2017

Thank you to Oshawa residents who participated in this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. Their fundraising endeavours were tremendously helpful when it comes to raising, training and placing a Dog Guide with a Canadian who is living with a medical or physical disability. Check out the photos from the latest edition of Snapd Oshawa.

Read more here.

Hamilton residents walk the Walk - July 11, 2017

Hamiltonians and their “best friends” walked together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in Gage Park.  Check out the photos from the latest edition of Snapd Hamilton.

Read more here.

Uxbridge Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - July 10, 2017

Uxbridge residents and their four-legged “best friends” walked together for this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. Check out the photos from the latest Snapd Stouffville/Uxbridge publication.

Read more here.

Toronto West residents Walk for Dog Guides - July 07, 2017

Toronto West residents and their four-legged best friends walked together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on May 26th. Check out the photos from the latest Snapd Bloor West publication.

Read more here.

Oakville residents and friendly dogs walk for great cause - July 06, 2017

So many amazing photos continue to emerge on the other side of this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. Be sure to check out this latest batch of pics, thanks to Snapd Oakville.

Read more here.

Nobleton celebrates a successful Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - July 05, 2017

For more than 30 years, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides has been a vital national fundraiser in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. After taking place in more than 290 communities across Canada this year, some incredible stories are rolling in on the heels of the event. Read more about a famous Nobleton, Ontario duo who were back at it again for this year’s Walk.

Read more here.

Fun for all at the 8th annual Ride for Dog Guides - July 04, 2017

Close to 50 motorcycle riders in the Oakville area assembled on June 17th to raise money for Dogs Guides Canada. Click here to see all the amazing photos, and read more about the Ride, thanks to Snapd Oakville.

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Saskatchewan Lions ride for Dog Guides - July 03, 2017

The Estevan Lions Club recently welcomed some special guests. The Ride for Dog Guides made a stop in Estevan, all part of the sixth annual province-wide motorcycle tour that helps to raise money for Dog Guides Canada. Read all about that leg of the journey here.

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Lions ride motorbikes to raise money for Dog Guides - June 28, 2017

Saskatchewan’s Ride for Dog Guides was founded in 2012. Canada’s ‘western Ride’ has raised a remarkable $35,000 since it all began. Read more about how this group has gone the distance to ensure Canadians in need are able to have a Dog Guide free of charge.

Read more here.

No strangers to helping out - June 27, 2017

In Kingston, NS, the local Lions club is celebrating a century of service by giving Dog Guides Canada a very large donation.

Read more here.


Oakville Ride for Dog Guides - June 26, 2017

Dozens of motorcyclists took part in the Oakville Ride for Dog Guides earlier this month. Read more about the Ride’s success in a recent issue of the Oakville Beaver.

Read more here.


Lucknow's 32nd Walk for Dog Guides raises $2,000 for service programs - June 22, 2017

Lucknow, Ont. recently held their 32nd Walk for Dog Guides, and the event was a tremendous success. The small but determined community of approximately 1,100 people came together to raise $2,000 for our six Dog Guide programs. Read all about it the recent edition of the Lucknow Sentinel.

Read more here.

Rain or Shine - Parry Sound Hosts Walk for Dog Guides - June 15, 2017

Communities are showing support for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides no matter what the weather brings! Read more about Parry Sound’s recent Walk endeavours.

Read more here.

Oakville Bikers Rev Up Engines for Annual Ride for Dog Guides- June 14, 2017

This weekend, bikers in Oakville will hit the road to raise money for Dog Guides Canada. Participants will enjoy a scenic route from the Dog Guides training facility in Oakville to Breslau, ON, where our Puppy Program is located. Games and events will be waiting. Find out more about this fabulous fundraiser here.

Read more here.

Dog guide ‘amazing’ - June 7, 2017

Tom Sincock admits he doesn’t know where he would be without Regi.

“He’s the first guide dog I’ve had, and he’s absolutely amazing,” Sincock said Sunday as he and Regi were preparing to join several dozen other people and dogs in the 16th annual Walk for Dog Guides in North Bay.

Read more here.

Success at this spring’s Open House - June 6, 2017

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides recently held an Open House fundraiser complete with tours of the facility, Instructor demonstrations, and visits with future Dog Guide puppies. This fabulous batch of photos is one you won’t want to miss!

Read more here.

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides sets Foundation up for success - June 5, 2017

Phenomenal media coverage continues following this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, which was a tremendous success! Thanks to CTV Kitchener for visiting us in Breslau to learn more about our six Dog Guide programs and our Walk.

Check out the full story here.

Walks held across Canada raise tremendous funds for Dog Guides programs
Posted - May 29, 2017

The city of Calgary hosted several of Canada's 240 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides events this past weekend. The annual walks raise funds for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides programs, ensuring Canadians with a medical or physical disability are given a Dog Guide at no cost. CTV's Ryan White explored the many ways that Autism Assistance Dog Guide Kleo has become a lifeline for elementary school student, Marco.

Read more here.

Lions Walking for Dogs
Posted - May 26, 2017

The Grande Prairie Lions Club will hold its Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, where every dollar donated goes to the organization’s Canine Vision Canada program. Last year they raised $2,700 for Dog Guides, but organizer Gavin Greentree wants to better that number and has challenged other local service clubs support the walk.

Read more here.

Barrie South Lions’ Dog Guide Walk
Posted - May 25, 2017

As one of the many recipients of a Dog Guide through Barrie South Lions Club, Nicole Beaupré understands first-hand how impactful a Dog Guide can be. Bobby is her fourth Dog Guide and they will be walking together in Barrie’s walk on Sunday, May 28. Read more about Nicole and Bobby’s journey and the Barrie South Lions Club Walk for Dog Guides.

Read more here.

Walk for Dog Guides returns to Grimsby May 28th
Posted - May 23, 2017

The community of Grimsby, ON will gather together this Sunday in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Many are saying support from members within the community – and from local businesses – has been overwhelming again this year. Read all about the plans they have in store for this weekend’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides here.

Ringing Out News of the 2017 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides
Posted - May 23, 2017

Markham’s Town Crier, John Webster, lent his voice in promoting 2017’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. John joined Lions Ken Drynan and Elizabeth Price at the Farmer's Market in Markham Village on Saturday, May 13th. The Markham Lions Club had a booth at the market during May to promote the Walk.

Read more here.

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides set for Kincardine and Tiverton
Posted - April 19, 2017

Kincardine and Tiverton will host their own Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides events this year. Find out more on both upcoming walks within this article – courtesy of the Kincardine Record – while also learning about the special guest who will attend this year’s events and the fun activities in store.

Read more here.

A charitable initiative that helps Canadians living with disabilities to help themselves
Posted - April 17, 2017

Paulmac’s Pet Food, a division of Pet Valu, has teamed up with Lion’s Foundation of Canada Dog Guides to help raise the money it takes to train and place each dog guide, which is approximately $25,000 per dog. The good news is that for qualified applicants there is no cost to receive their dog guide.

Read all about another way Pet Valu is helping Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Saskatchewan rallies support for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides
Posted - April 13, 2017

There are 11 different communities across Saskatchewan who are preparing to join – and support! – the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.

Find a Walk near you.

Read more about how the province is getting on board.

Working Like A Dog
Posted - April 10, 2017

Callum James and his family are volunteers with Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. The James family has been kind enough to take on a number of our Dog Guides for short-term periods that involve rest and recreation – along with time spent reinforcing the necessary training.

Read all about what Callum has derived from these many valuable sessions – with 15 different Dog Guides! – in this warm and insightful piece.

Dog Guide Saves Little Girl’s Life
Posted - April 6, 2017

Autism Assistance Dog Guides provide companionship, unconditional love, and safety. Dog Guide Trenton has been trained to keep Sonnet safe and near her mother, Lisa.

Read about how Trenton recently answered the call, and saved Sonnet’s life.

Instructor Christina shares the many benefits of an Autism Assistance Dog Guide
Posted - April 5, 2017

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Dog Guides Canada Instructor, Christina, brought one of the Autism Assistance Dog Guides she is currently working with to the set of Sup? Sheridan for a TV interview on Wednesday, April 5th. Together, Instructor Christina and Dog Guide Neville demonstrated a handful of things he is currently working on. One day, Neville will be a working dog who is able to assist a child on the autism spectrum.

Please see their interview at the 3:07 mark.

Riding the trail together
Posted - March 29, 2017

Two young Canadian sisters will saddle up next month in Nova Scotia; it’s all part of a cross-Canada journey that will see the two ride on horseback from the Atlantic ocean all the way to the west coast. The trip will also act as a fundraiser for Dog Guides Canada.

Read about their big adventure here.

BFFs: An elementary school student and her Dog Guide
Posted - March 28, 2017

Autism Assistance Dog Guide Ivan has had the most positive impact imaginable on his “best friend”, Olivia. Watch how these two have moved mountains together at school.

See the video here.

CTV brings “Knight In the Morning” to Dog Guides Canada
Posted - March 23, 2017

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides celebrated National Puppy Day with CTV Toronto and the Knight in the Morning host Anwar Knight. It was an honour to have Anwar bring forecast updates and fun to our facility in Oakville, ON. Thank you to the many foster families and future Dog Guides who were able to attend the show!

See the video here.

Graduation Day for Donna and Tundra
Posted - March 20, 2017

The Dutton and District Lions Club recently attended a graduation ceremony at Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in Oakville. Dog Guide sponsors Bob and Dianne Purcell, Jim Austin, and George Smith represented the Dutton and District Lions.

The group was thrilled to be able to celebrate with Donna and her new Dog Guide, Tundra.

Read all about the celebration here.

Career of Service ahead for Lavender
Posted - March 6, 2017

Beamsville, ON’s Janet and Doug have fostered five future Dog Guides for our Foundation over the years. Janet says her family chooses to help because they know it can lead to a better life for a Canadian in need.

Read more about Janet and Doug’s journey with Lavender – their latest future Dog Guide – in this recent in-depth and touching article from the St. Catharine’s Standard.

MPP Sam Oosterhoff has eye opening experience with Dog Guide
Posted - February 28, 2017

Sam Oosterhoff is a Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Niagara-West Glanbrook. The MPP recently attended a meeting held by the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee to further his understanding of obstacles that act as barriers to disabled individuals.

Read more about the experience he had after putting on a pair of glasses that completely obscured his vision.

Sup? Sheridan
Posted - February 16, 2017

Seizure Response Dog Guide, Keller, joined Dog Guides Canada Communications Manager, Sarah Miller, on the set of Sup? Sheridan. The show’s host, Matt Coffin, was keen on learning about the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, including details surrounding this spring’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. The Walk, which is a national fundraising endeavor, is held in more than 240 communities across Canada.

Check out the raw footage of the interview, (6:55 mark), here.

Student Helpers
Posted - February 13, 2017

During their first year of life, future Dog Guides – just like Lavender – are fostered by loving families. While with their foster familes, each puppy is expected to become familiar with various social settings – such as public transportation, malls, schools, or office spaces. By socializing these future Dog Guide, we are preparing them for the sights, sounds and settings they will likely encounter once they’re paired with their future handler.

Earlier this week, newsnow Niagara offered some insight into what it means for Lavender, a poodle and future Dog Guide, to be given a solid foundation for her future.

See the article here.

Call for volunteer kennel assistants
Posted - February 2, 2017

Earlier this week, Dog Guides Canada posted a volunteer opportunity for a Kennel Assistant. Word spread like wildfire, and Kelly and Company asked us to sit down to chat about the job opening in a radio interview. Ian Ashworth, Director of Program Development at Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, spoke with Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) about our organization's call for volunteers.

Listen to Ian's on air interview here.

Dogs with Jobs
Posted - January 19, 2017

Jacob Williamson, an elementary school student in Cochrane Alberta, was featured in a recent issue of Discover Airdrie.

Read more about how Jacob and his Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Sergio, have made great strides together since graduating from the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program.

Giving Back
Posted - January 17, 2017

It’s been almost a year since Jerry and his Dog Guide, Ultra, graduated from our Hearing Ear program. Married for nearly 40 years, he is a proud father of two and a grandpa to four. Jerry tackled the adversity that surrounded losing his hearing late in life – for unknown reasons – head on.

Read more about his inspiring story in
Pet Valu’s Companion magazine here.

Posted - January 12, 2017

A recent online article that circulated among provincial staff members at SaskEnergy has been chosen as one of the year’s top stories. Pawestruck was selected as one of the very best of 2016, thanks in part to the touching and supportive comments left by the readership.

This is Olivia’s story.

Dollars for Doggies 2016-17 Shave
Posted - January 3, 2017

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide volunteers helped to ensure Peter Wallis and his Dollars for Doggies campaign was a tremendous success! On January 2, during a Calgary Hitmen hockey game, Peter had his Santa beard and his head shaved in front of a live audience. Much to the enthusiasm of the crowd, the entire event was featured on the jumbotron at the Scotiabank Saddledome! Thank you to Lorraine Miller, her son, Noah, and Noah’s Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Dixie, for being such incredible representatives on behalf of Dog Guides Canada.

Check out the video here.

Family reflects on autistic son's Oakville Beaver carrier job over last seven years
Posted - December 1, 2016

21-year-old Nicholas has been delivering the Oakville Beaver for more than seven years and for the last three years has been accompanied by his Autism Assistance Dog Guide Vance. His family is moving, so his last delivery will be the end of December.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!.

Seizure Response Dog Guide in Canadian Living
Posted - September 26, 2016

Seizure Response graduate Kayla and her Dog Guide Shadow were featured in the latest issue of Canadian Living.

Read about the Port Alberni, B.C., team here.

A Fall Stroll for Dog Guides
Posted - September 26, 2016

While most walks happened last spring, many communities are hosting the Purina® Walk for Dog Guides this fall.

Check out this clip from RogersTV in Ottawa, which is gearing up for its event this weekend.

Dog Guide Puppies Take Part in Greater Toronto Day
Posted - June 2, 2016

Lions Foundation and its Walk title sponsor Nestle Purina PetCare participated in Greater Toronto Day, visiting a retirement residence in Thornhill, Ont.

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Kaitlyn’s Companion a Nice ‘Catch’
Posted - June 2, 2016

Family that received Autism Assistance Dog Guide participates in the Purina® Walk for Dog Guides in Grimsby, Ont.

Read more

Dog Guide Feels Right at Home in Hospital
Posted - June 1, 2016

Brent and his guide dog, Kilo, are rarely apart. She has been with him steadily in the four years since her training with Lion’s Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. With only 11 per cent remaining in his field of vision, Brent relies on Kilo to get around safely.

Read more

Four-legged Guides Offer Freedom
Posted - May 30, 2016

It was a successful Purina® Walk for Dog Guides in Algoma region. St. Joseph’s Island, Ont., hosted a Walk well attended by residents, including a few with Dog Guides.

Check out the full story and photos

Purina® Walk for Dog Guides is Coming
Posted - May 23, 2016

LFC’s Jenny and Jessie, with Dog Guide Keltie and future Dog Guide Jolly, stopped by CHCH Morning Live to chat about the upcoming Purina® Walk for Dog Guides.

Dog Guides in Maclean’s magazine
Posted - Nov 5, 2015

In print and online, Maclean’s Cool Jobs column features Hearing Ear Dog Guide trainer Angela. Learn more about what it’s like to prepare a Dog Guide for the important work it will do.

Watch the video

“Celebrating International Guide Dog Day"
~ Breakfast Television - Posted April 29, 2016

“Canine Vision program in the spotlight"
~ Global's The Morning Show - Posted April 29, 2016

“Hearing ear dog helps deaf teacher, students build confidence in the classroom"
~ CTV News Winnipeg - Posted February 26, 2016

“Proposed plan for service-dog leash-free park in Ontario city"
~ Barrie Examiner - Posted January 21, 2016

“All is Calm: Quiet Santa”
~ Valley Harvester - Posted December 9, 2015

“Walks raise funds for pair of causes”
~ CTV Ottawa - Posted September 25, 2015

“Oakville Dog Guide saved his life, Parapan Am torchbearer says”
~ Oakville Beaver - Posted Aug 06, 2015

“Owen & Lewis”
~ Pet Valu - Companion Magazine - Posted July 27, 2015

“Mount Royal grad credits service dog for 'changing my life'”
~ Calgary Herald - Posted June 4, 2015

“Hero dog pulled man from frozen lake, another stood by a teen after crash”
~ Toronto Star - Posted May 4, 2015

“Four canine heroes honoured in Animal Hall of Fame”
~ CTV News Toronto - Posted May 4, 2015

“Cambridge dog inducted into Purina Animal Hall of Fame for heroism”
~ 570 News - Posted May 4, 2015

From the Dog Guide Archives

Dog Guides on the Rick Mercer Report

Lions Foundation of Canada and its Dog Guide programs were featured on the Rick Mercer Report!

Watch Dog Guides on RMR