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Port aux Basques Lions go to the dogs

Gail Simms and her dog Brandi, along with Bruce Burton, Lorna Penney and Doreen Burton were at the dog park on Bay Street Sept. 26 for the Purina Walk for Dog Guides.
Gail Simms and her dog Brandi, along with Bruce Burton, Lorna Penney and Doreen Burton were at the dog park on Bay Street Sept. 26 for the Purina Walk for Dog Guides.

They didn't get much of a turnout, but the Port aux Basques Lions Club still raised a decent chunk of money in support of dog guides.

Cool, damp weather and a later date conspired against organizers, but $200 was collected through the local Purina Walk for Dog Guides.

Lion Doreen Burton said last year's walk raised $1,237.

Burton said they didn't have a dog guide at this year's walk, either. A local woman had attended the walk in past years with her dog, but Burton said she had moved to Alberta.

Burton said the current plan is to have the 2017 walk in June.

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is the largest annual fundraiser for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Each year, more than 200 communities hold walks to raise money used to provide dog guides to people with disabilities.

The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is a national charity founded in 1983. In the early years, the foundation focused on training and matching dog guides with blind and visually impaired Canadians.

Since then the foundation has expanded to include six programs meeting diverse needs, and to date has matched dog guides with more than 2,300 Canadians from every province and territory.

Dog guides cost approximately $25,000 to raise and train, but thanks to the foundation none of that cost is passed on to the people who need the dogs.

bryan.tait@tc.tc

Cool, damp weather and a later date conspired against organizers, but $200 was collected through the local Purina Walk for Dog Guides.

Lion Doreen Burton said last year's walk raised $1,237.

Burton said they didn't have a dog guide at this year's walk, either. A local woman had attended the walk in past years with her dog, but Burton said she had moved to Alberta.

Burton said the current plan is to have the 2017 walk in June.

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is the largest annual fundraiser for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Each year, more than 200 communities hold walks to raise money used to provide dog guides to people with disabilities.

The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is a national charity founded in 1983. In the early years, the foundation focused on training and matching dog guides with blind and visually impaired Canadians.

Since then the foundation has expanded to include six programs meeting diverse needs, and to date has matched dog guides with more than 2,300 Canadians from every province and territory.

Dog guides cost approximately $25,000 to raise and train, but thanks to the foundation none of that cost is passed on to the people who need the dogs.

bryan.tait@tc.tc

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