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Walk in Bancroft to raise money for service dogs - June 11, 2018

The Pet Valu: Walk for Dog Guides is coming up on Sunday. Organizer Laverne Stapley says the goal is to raise money to make sure that Canadians who need services dogs can get them for free... Read more

Dog guides important in lives of Canmorites - June 11, 2018

She had a huge, life changing impact on my life. When Kuma left this world at the ripe old age of 13 years due to cancer, it was like a light went off and my world felt very dark... Read more

Get ready to Walk for Guide Dogs this weekend - June 6, 2018

Canadians and their four-legged “best friends” are preparing to walk together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 27... Read more

Dog walks set to go- June 6, 2018

Support for dog guides is growing right across Rainy River District. Not one but two “Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides,” organized by two of the district's Lions Clubs, are set to go this Sunday (May 27) in Fort Frances and Emo... Read more

Service dog changes life of Regina woman - June 6, 2018

While the world once felt like it was crumbling around her, Erin Rudd has found a life-changing support system in her service dog, Ancaster... Read more

Ponoka Lions to host dog guide walk and rescue dog demonstrations - June 5, 2018

The Ponoka Lions Club is hosting its sixth annual Walk for Guide Dogs at the Lions Centennial Park on May 27... Read more

Kingston boxer finds companionship, security in his diabetes dog guide- June 5, 2018

John Daniel Firth, a light-heavyweight boxer, owns the YGK Boxing Club. On first glance, many wouldn’t guess that behind the amateur boxer’s fighting form is his two-year-old dog guide, Finley... Read more

Guide dogs featured at Henderson- may 31, 2018

Dave Zech says it was a friend in the city’s blind bowling league that urged him to think about making the change. Now he says Doyle, his yellow Labrador, provides companionship as well as safe passage around the neighbourhood... Read more

Funding guidance - may 31, 2018

Sam Hobbes, who is the Puppy Program and Breeding Coordinator for the Lions Foundation of Canada was here to tell us more about the walk and program.... Watch video

Meet Finley, a Black Lab Diabetic Alert guide dog - may 29, 2018

Global news story - How his alert guide dog changed John (JD) Firth’s life... Watch video

Port Alberni’s Walk for Dog Guides has a new look, new route- may 29, 2018

For the past few years dog guide recipient Kayla Aolick has organized the walk as a way of giving back to the organization that arranged for her dog guide. Aolick is a brain cancer survivor, but one of the side effects that afflicts her is seizures... Read more

Port Dover Lioness giving a new “leash” on life - may 23, 2018

For the fifth year in a row, the Port Dover Lioness Club is helping give people in need of a guide dog a new “leash” on life.... Read more

Walk for Dog Guides this Sunday - may 22, 2018

ENFIELD: Anthony Balzan has only had his dog guide, Hero, for a few months, but it’s drastically changed his life that short time. Living with retinitis pigmentosa, Balzan has no peripheral vision... Read more

Walk for Dog Guides has impact in Haldimand - may 18, 2018

With so many charitable opportunities, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out where to give your money. It seems like every weekend there’s a walk for this cause or that, all of which have their own merit... Read more

A New Leash On Life! - may 18, 2018

Canadians and their four-legged “best friends” are preparing to walk together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 27th... Read more

Letter: Walk 5 km and change lives - may 18, 2018

On Sunday 27 May the Petvalu Walk for Dog Guides will take place at the Morinville Fish & Game pond... Read more

My walk with Cubby: A lesson in trust - may 17, 2018

Sometimes it takes a little darkness to have a light shed on something truly important.
After a recent visit to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in Oakville, I can certainly attest to that... Read more

Devo Brown Live at Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dog Training Centre - may 15, 2018

Devo Brown is LIVE at Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dog Training Centre finishing his day learning more about the national charity that breeds, trains, and matches Dog Guides to assist Canadians with physical and medical disabilities, at no cost to recipients.... Watch Video

How one man got a new leash on life - may 15, 2018

After a motorcycle accident put Fred Heyduk in a coma and left him with a severe brain injury, he struggled with daily life. He was trapped indoors by fear and physical pain... Read more

Woolwich Lions dog walk taking it to the streets for club’s 13th event - may 11, 2018

The Woolwich Community Lions Club will be hosting their 13th annual dog guide walk this year on May 27 starting at PetValu in Elmira at 9 a.m. Walkers of all ages will travel down Arthur Street and loop around back to the starting location, a different route than the path usually taken... Read more

2018 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - may 11, 2018

Tula, a most gorgeous golden lab and her handler Karen Gamble will be guests of honour at the Elliot Lake Lions Club’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on May 27... Read more

Help provide dog guides with Toronto West Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - may 10, 2018

People and pooches are taking over High Park for the Toronto West Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides Friday, May 25... Read more

Dog walk supports independence - may 8, 2018

The seventh annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is happening in Enderby at the Lions Gazebo in Riverside Park May 27... Read more

Let your dog be your guide - may 7, 2018

It’s a match made in heaven! Black standard poodle Liscio is much more than just a pet for Michelle Woolfrey – she’s her eyes... Read more

This P.E.I. organization provides guide dogs and wants you to know about it- may 4, 2018

Only five out of 200 guide dogs that graduated last year came to the Island, said Paul Gauthier, and he wants more Islanders to take advantage of the free program... Read more

Walk Your Dogs for a Good Cause with the Local Lions’ Club- may 4, 2018

The Millbrook & District Lions Club is hosting their PetValu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 27, 2018.  The Walk coincides with the National Walk with more than 200 different communities participating to mark the 32nd Anniversary of the Walk for Dog Guides.... Read more

2nd Bruderheim dog walk set- may 4, 2018

The second annual Bruderheim Bark Up and Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is slated for Sunday, May 27, where both pups and their owners will have a chance to show off their best costumes, enter a draw for a number of prizes or simply go for a stroll... Read more

This P.E.I. organization provides guide dogs and wants you to know about it- may 3, 2018

Not enough people with disabilities are applying for guide dogs according to the P.E.I. director of the Lions Foundation of Canada. ... Read more

Local woman raising money for Dog Guides- may 2, 2018

A young woman in Shawville is organizing a fundraiser walk for service dogs that will take place later this month... Read more

The fundraising Walk for Dog Guides to take place in 300 communities- may 2, 2018

The Canadian fundraising walk is held in approximately 300 communities across Canada and will raise money that will go towards the training of Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities... Read more

Walk for Dog Guides coming up in Port Perry- may 1, 2018

Max and Carly are gearing up for one of their favourite activities, a big walk... Read more


Snapd Oakville - Dog Guides Spring Open House- may 1, 2018

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides had a fantastic open house inviting everyone in the community to experience and further their understanding of what dog guides do and how to get involved... Read more


Midland walk to raise funds for Lions guide dog program- April 30, 2018

The Midland Lions Club is once again raising money to support guide dogs.... Read more


Fenelon Falls and District Lions Club walking for Dog Guides- April 27, 2018

It’s not cheap to train, raise and place a guide dog, according to Ken Le Masurier of the Fenelon Falls and District Lions Club... Read more


‘Woofstock’ coming to Lion’s Park on May 27- April 24, 2018

The Oliver Lion’s Club is expanding its walk for dog guides this year and calling it “Woofstock.” Read more


Lions' guide dog program a life changer for the Lenz family- April 23, 2018

For Marlene Lenz and her family, having a service dog for their child has been a life-changing experience. Read more


Move over all you lovable Labs and goldens, those clever poodles have arrived- April 23, 2018

Friday morning at the National Service Dogs facility in Cambridge, five squirming, yipping, licking, piddling and thoroughly engaging poodle puppies were delighting staff and visitors alike with their antics. Read more


Foster a Future Dog Guide- April 23, 2018

Community Captured article about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides foster puppy program. Read more


Autism support dog making a difference for Grande Prairie boy- April 5, 2018

The phrase guide dog often leads people to think of seeing-eye dogs but they can help in a variety of ways including with autism assistance. 8 year-old Lauchlan Silvester-Degen has had his dog Stevie for a year and a half now and it’s not only made a difference for him but for his whole family too. Read more


CTV News- March 27, 2018

Olivia and her Dog Guide Ivan on CTV News Saskatoon. Watch Video


Celebrating National Puppy Day on Global News- March 26, 2018

Sam Hobbes, Breeding & Puppy Coordinator of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, talks dog guide training and shows off some pups who will soon be helping their humans Read More...


Celebrating National Puppy Day with guide dogs - March 23, 2018

In honour of National Puppy Day, we welcome three guide puppies into the studio from the Lions Foundation of Canada. Tweet us photos of your dog using #NationalPuppyDay! Read More...


Thompson school district gets its very first service dog - March 23, 2018

Last week, Westwood School received a brand new employee in the form of Ronan, a three-year old black Labrador from Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Read More...


Easter pictures benefit dog guides program - March 21, 2018

Samantha Larouche brought her dogs to a photo session at Touch Animal Rehabilitation in North Bay, to not only add to her home picture gallery but to help raise money for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program. Read More...


Ice Dogs, Lions Clubs team up to present Bones - March 14, 2018

The yellow lab, appropriately named Bones, is an autism assistant dog, currently being trained through Lions Foundation of Canada's Dog Guides program. Read More...


Barrington Passage is going to the dogs, cats - March 12, 2018

It was love at first sight when Yarmouth businessman Ben Churchill walked into Pet Valu in Yarmouth in 2011 to buy his chocolate Lab, Moose, a toy. Read More...


Autism assistance dog changes boy’s life - February 16, 2018

A Guelph boy’s life has been forever changed with the help of a donation from the Fergus Lions Club. Read More...


Foster A Future Dog Guide - February 2, 2018

A Dog Guide costs approximately $25,000 to raise and train but none of that cost is passed on to qualifying applicants. Read More...


There's still time to help raise funds for guide dogs at Cornwall's Pet Valu stores - January 29, 2018

If you haven’t done so yet, there is still time to pick up a calendar for 2018, and you can do it while supporting a worthwhile cause. Read More...


Plans in place for inaugural Port Perry Walk for Dog Guides - January 26, 2018

A Scugog resident for just over a year now, Finotti knows first-hand the assistance and companionship a guide dog can provide and he hopes to help give that relief to others by organizing the inaugural Walk For Dog Guides in Port Perry this spring... Read more.


Highland Lions donate $26,000 to Dog Guides - October 26, 2017

The Highlands Lions Club of Cambridge recently provided four worthy causes with individual grants totalling $26,000. Dog Guides staff members were on hand to receive the generous donation from the Highland Lions Club. Details in the Cambridge Times.


Pet Valu video features Gwyneth and Dog Guide Vikki - October 25, 2017

Meet Gwyneth and her Dog Guide Vikki, one of Pet Valu’s many sponsored teams. 2018 calendars are now available in all Pet Valu (and its family of) stores for a give-what-you-can donation. 100% of donations help to provide Canadians living with a medical or physical disability with a Dog Guide. Thank you to Pet Valu and their thousands of customers; #DogGuides is very grateful for your support and generosity.


Walking for a good cause - October 23, 2017

Clarington’s annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides happened at the Newcastle Community Hall earlier this month. Walkers from surrounding areas, such as Oshawa and Whitby, joined in on the action – all for a good cause. Whitby this Week was there to cover the story and take photos.


Orillia’s Walk for Dog Guides part of CTV’s evening news - October 20, 2017

A large number of Orillia residents participated in this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, which was held at Couchiching Beach Park on Sunday, October 1st. Helen Kindy’s two Dog Guides came out of retirement to “work” for a good cause and were featured on CTV Barrie’s evening newscast.


95 Lions Club hosts Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - October 20, 2017

Members of the Eston 95 Lions club mixed business with pleasure earlier this month when they hosted the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides followed by an evening of live music. Full details in the Press Review.


Book sales benefit animal cause - October 19, 2017

Manitoba author and animal lover, Kelley Post, signed and sold copies of her new book called The Pet Affection. The Swan Valley Star and Times covered the event.


Gearing up for Dog Guides’ Open House in Oakville - October 13, 2017

Inside Halton offers the inside scoop on what’s happening at our Dog Guides facility tomorrow. This weekend’s Fall Open House promises to be the best one yet!


Newcastle Lions raise funds in Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - October 12, 2017

The Newcastle Lions walked for a good cause in Clarington’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. All the fun details are inside Clarington this Week.


Four-legged heroes at Dog Guides’ Open House - October 11, 2017

Dog Guides Canada will hold its annual Fall Open House this Saturday, providing the public with an inside look into the work and training of a Dog Guide. Read about all of the incredible things that will be featured at this weekend’s Open House inside the latest edition of The Oakville News.


So much more to Dog Guides than most know - October 4, 2017

Helen Flavell of the Kincardine Lions Club was a recent guest speaker at the Bruce-Grey Presbyterian Women's Missionary Society Fall Rally. On Thursday, September 21st, Helen spoke at Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton; the event was covered by the Kincardine Record.


Puppy love at Ancaster high school - October 3, 2017

Two future Dog Guide puppies are attending high school this year, and they’re exemplifying model behaviour. Read all about their journey in the Hamilton Spectator.


Dog Guides training at Ancaster high school - October 3, 2017

Two high school students at Hamilton District Christian High and their families are helping to train future Dog Guides. Read more in the Hamilton Spectator.


Tottenham & District Lions Club supports Walk for Dog Guides - October 1, 2017

In a recent Letter to the Editor in The Times, Kathy Prowse outlined the many exciting reasons for New Tecumseth residents to take part in the community’s Walk for Dog Guides.

Windsor and District Lions Club, public raising funds for Dog Guide - October 2, 2017

With help from the public, the Windsor and District Lions Club has been able to raise funds for several Dog Guides over the years. The Chronical Herald outlines their plan to begin work on a new project that will see the group sponsor a Diabetic Alert Dog Guide.

Walk for Dog Guides hosted in Swan River - September 26, 2017

On Saturday, September 16th, dog lovers and owners gathered together at Legion Park in Swan River, MB to raise money for Dog Guides. Full details in the Swan River Star and Times.

Carlton Place Walk helps to give new leash on life - September 18, 2017

Carleton place resident Florence Pye organized a local Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides again this year. Read all about her small-but-mighty Walk in the latest issue of the Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette.

There was a boy who had a dog - September 14, 2017

The Moose Jaw Order of the Eastern Star will dance the night away this Saturday – it’s all part of a benefit planned to raise money for Dog Guides Canada. The group is very close to reaching their goal to fund an Autism Assistance Dog Guide for a family in need. Read more in this touching article inside the Moose Jaw Times Herald.

Dog Guides offer safety and independence - September 14, 2017

100% of the proceeds from the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides at Orillia’s Couchiching Park on October 1st will support Dog Guides Canada’s six programs. Walk organizer Laura Joyce and her Dog Guide Norma Jean are featured in the latest issue of Orillia Today.

Fundraiser Dance for Dog Guides - September 13, 2017

The Saskatchewan Order of the Eastern Star will host a fundraiser for Dog Guides this Saturday. For the community of Moose Jaw, this is a great chance to dance the evening away in support of a fantastic cause! Full details in the latest issue of the Moose Jaw Express.

Dog Guide Walk set for September 17th in Lindsay - September 13, 2017

Lindsay residents and their four-legged 'best friends' are invited to walk together to help make a difference in the lives of Canadians living with a medical or physical disability courtesy of the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. Full details are featured in the latest issue of Kawartha Lakes this Week.

Fenwick Lions raise money for Dog Guides - September 12, 2017

Over 200 classic cars were on display at Pelham’s Centennial Park, home to the Fenwick Lions Club. This past weekend, the club hosted a classic car show and raffle, with funds going towards Dog Guides Canada. has the latest.

Tillsonburg Lioness sponsor Dog Guide Hearing Ear Program - September 11, 2017

Tillsonburg Lioness Club donated $4,000 towards a sponsorship to support the Hearing Ear Dog Guide Program. This donation was applied to Cedric Bendavi, a 19-year old from Toronto, Ont. who was recently matched with his Dog Guide, Wren.

Trillium Court raises money for Dog Guides during National Dog Day - September 8, 2017

A small but mighty group of dogs and their owners – along with residents, guests and staff at Trillium Court Seniors' Community in Kincardine – gathered together to celebrate National Dog Day. Read more about how the group generously raised money for our six Dog Guides programs. 


National Dog Day celebrated at Trillium Court - September 7, 2017

Trillium Court Seniors' Community in Kincardine celebrated National Dog Day by hosting a function in support of Dog Guides. Read more about Revera’s heartwarming event.   


Fall Walk for Dog Guides helps give Canadians a new leash on life - September 7, 2017

Carleton Place resident Florence Pye is, once again, organizing the local Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, coming up on Saturday, September 9th. covers the rain-or-shine Walk in their latest issue.   


Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in Newfoundland - September 6, 2017

Walk organizer Doreen Burton hopes to see a strong turnout at Monday evening Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides at Bay Street Dog Park in Grand Bay, NF. The Gulf News covers the details on the community’s fourth annual Walk.    


Riders for Dog Guides roll through western Canada- August 17, 2017

Organized by Saskatchewan Lions, the Ride for Dog Guides saw motorcyclists travel across much of Saskatchewan this summer to raise funds for Dog Guides Canada. The Watrous Manitou covers the many stops the group made across the province, and talks about how passionate these Lions are when it comes to engaging each community they visited along the way.  

Siblings stop at in Burk's Falls during cross-country trip - August 14, 2017

The Keca siblings, from Grimsby, Ont., set out from Mahone Bay, NS on May 4th on a cross-Canada trip. The Almaguin News covers the latest on their journey through the North Bay Nipissing area.

2018 Pet Valu calendar coming together for Dog Guides - August 4, 2017

In 2014, Pet Valu began offering a fabulous calendar for a give-what-you-can donation to Dog Guides Canada. Since then, the calendar has raised more than $500,000 for our Foundation. Behind the scenes, the 2018 calendar is starting to come together quite perfectly. The Truro Daily News offers an inside peek

Sisters continue ride across Canada on horseback - August 2, 2017

Katie and Jewel Keca are on the road to fulfilling a childhood dream as they make their way across Canada on horseback this summer. The latest news on their journey is inside this edition of Vision (Rockland, ON). 

Raising money one trot at a time - August 1, 2017

Jewel and Katie Keca are continuing to travel across the nation in support of Dog Guides Canada this summer, and they’re doing so on the backs of their horses. Read the latest on the girls’ amazing journey inside this edition of the Eganville Leader

Dog Guide Walk smashes record - July 31, 2017

Lethbridge’s 17th annual Walk for Dog Guides marked the first time the annual event has raised more than $100,000 in support of Dog Guides Canada. Read all about how the community smashed previous records in the latest edition of the Lethbridge Herald.  

Two sisters stop in Stittsville on cross country horseback ride - July 27, 2017

While in Stittsville, Ont. recently, Jewel and Katie Keca planned to visit the Ottawa National Horse Show at the Wesley Clover Parks, not just to witness the equestrian action but also to promote their cross-Canada trip in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. has the latest on the girls’ journey. 

Pickering rallies support for Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - July 24, 2017

In late May a very generous group gathered for the annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in Pickering. Dog Guides Canada is incredibly grateful to all of the individuals who participated in this year’s many walks – all in support of our six Dog Guide programs. Be sure to check out the photos from the latest edition of Snapd Pickering.

Barrie’s Shear Park home to 2017 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - July 21, 2017

Shear Park in Barrie was recently home to a very successful Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides event. Thanks to the South Barrie Lions Club, dogs and their two-legged owners were able to get outdoors and enjoy a morning walk for a great cause. Check out the photos from the latest edition of Snapd Barrie.

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.

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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.

Read more

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