Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides - History
Dog Guides was originally founded as Canine Vision Canada by Lions Clubs as Lions Foundation of Canada in 1985. The mission of Canine Vision Canada was to help people who are visually impaired. Gradually, the program expanded to include Dog Guides for Hearing Ear Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance and Diabetic Alert.
The mission of Lions Foundation in Canada is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them with a Dog Guide at no extra cost. The Foundation operates a training school for dogs and charity called Dog Guides Canada in specialized programs to assists individuals with disabilities and children who are autistic. The cost to train and place a dog guide is approximately $35,000. The foundation relies on donations from individuals, service clubs, corporations and foundations because no government funding is provided for this program.
Our club supports the Lions Foundation of Canada, by hosting the Walk for Dog Guides. Participants can make a donation and walk their dog on the last Sunday in May. Donations can also be done through our Walk for Dog Guides Team link or by donating on the Lions Foundation of Canada provide Dog Guides website (https://www.dogguides.com/). Funds raised from the Walk for Dog Guides goes towards transportation, training, accommodation, and support to clients who are blind, deaf, who suffer seizures, or who have other special needs, as well as Children between the ages of 7 and 14, who are Autistic.
Please visit the Lions Foundation of Canada Website for further information.