Animal lovers know the incredible impact a companion of the furry kind can make in the life of “normals.” Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides makes a hundred times that impact with each dog they are able to raise, train and place with a person challenged with a disability. So it was not a chore at all to join the 97 registered supporters of the Purina Walk for Dog Guides at Pawsway – its a joy to able to share the news with Furever fans!
If you know a person that is benefiting from a Dog Guide, therapy companion, or just a particularly wonderful dog in their life, share your Happy Tail here on Furever.ca!
Given our focus on dog adoption, we were particularly happy to have met a family in the foster puppy program. Erica and Dan and their three boys have “temporarily adopted” a Future Dog Guide, Ava. They will care for her from the time she is a young puppy weaned from her mum, until she is approximately 16 months old. They are responsible for ensuring Ava has the maximum amount of socialization and exposure to all the things life as a Dog Guide will present her with in future, from public transportation, malls and office spaces to slippery floors, roller bladers, kids that crawl all over them, bigger dogs, littler dogs, kitty cats and more. By socializing each future Dog Guide, they are fully prepared for common settings that they might encounter once they are paired with their future handler. Foster puppies are identified by their green jackets that announce “Future Dog Guide” when out in public places.
Erica and Dan were enthusiastic and proud of the fact that they were accepting into the foster program, and their kids were absolutely loving the time with Ava. In fact, their youngest son literally treats her as his little sister! Will they be sad when she goes back to the organization? Well, this is their first assignment, so they can’t yet speak from experience, but Erica said that it would be hard to be too too sad, knowing that Ava’s future as a Dog Guide will give so much independence, joy and quality of life to a person who will benefit so greatly from her companionship.
It costs $20,000 to raise and train just one Dog Guide. Lions Foundation Treasurer Roxx reported that the Harbourfront event raised more than $22,000 just from the walk-a-thon pledges themselves, the first time for this annual event. With more than double the number of registrants walking, and more tallies to come in from the Silent Auction and other donations, this event alone is responsible for one and a half dogs! Here are some more inspiring photos from the day’s event.