Alanna Brooks walks with her two shelties

Local pups walk in support of service dogs

The Sooke Purina Walk for Dogs usually raises between $2,000 to $3,000 each year

Broods of local dogs trekked through Whiffin Spit for the fifth annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for service dogs.

The Sooke Harbourside Lions organized the event, which is held in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides — an initiative that trains and supplies assistance dogs to  Canadians with disabilities at no cost.

Sooke Harbourside Lion, Susan Percival, said the Sooke dog walk raises between $2,000 to $3,000 each year through donations and pledges from residents.

Percival said there are six or seven dog guides from the foundation currently serving Sooke residents, one of them being a young, autistic boy.

“He was always up during the night and active during the night,” she said. “But since he’s had his dog to sleep with, he’s calm, relaxed,  contented and sleeps all night.”

Dogs of all sizes and breeds were seen happily ambling along the Spit, with tails-a-wagging. A majority of pups were adorned with orange Purina Dog Walk bandanas.

One of the largest donations came from Geraldine McGuire, who managed to collect over $1,000 in pledges.

Due to her great efforts, McGuire’s Burmese mountain dog, Teddy Bear, was dubbed the dog walk ambassador for the day.

Over 250 different Lions Clubs across Canada also held Purina Walk for Dog Guides, and all funds will go towards the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides to train, house and connect dogs with families.

The foundation trains dogs for five different services, including: canine vision, hearing ear, special skills, seizure response and autism assistance.

There are two training facilities in Breslau and Oakville, Ontario. The total cost of training and placing a service dog is about $20,000.

The program receives no government funding and is funded by donations from service clubs, individuals, foundations and corporations.

Donations can be made at: www.dogguides.com/donate.html

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Oak Bay pandemic project gets 300 submissions

Gage Gallery exhibit shows how people cope during crisis

Peninsula food bank receives $1,000 donation from local retailer

House of Lily Koi raised the money through the annual food bank fundraiser

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Saanich wins award for climate plan cut from 2020 budget

‘It’s truly an exceptional plan,’ says councillor disappointed with lack of funding

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read