Lions Club to host Purina Walk on May 31

The walk, for both humans and dogs, will be in support of the Lions Club's initiatives to train dog guides for a variety of purposes.

Most have probably heard of guide dogs for the blind, but there are actually several different kinds of guide dogs that are available to help those in need, at least those that can afford one.

The cost of training a dog, which takes approximately two years, can add up in a hurry and reach around $25,000 depending on the type of training, and is generally not covered through health insurance.

In addition to guides for the blind, dogs can be specially trained to help with several different disabilities, including seizure response and diabetic alerts. That’s a big part of what makes the Lions Club’s Purina Walk for Guide Dogs such an important cause, which raises money in order to fund training for dogs for those that need it.

“Because there’s so many different reasons for it, it’s no longer just the labrador,” explained Wayne Clark, past president of the Lions Club. “They have a number of different breeds that, depending on their temperament, are better suited for individuals.”

The Golden Lions Club will be hosting its second walk for this national fundraiser on May 31, with participants and their dogs taking part in an approximately two kilometre walk along Golden’s trails. There’s also an added incentive for canines who participate in the event.

“We’ll also be handing out some nifty snacks for some of our four legged participants,” Clark noted.

Registration for the walk will take place in Spirit Square beginning at 12 p.m., with the walk beginning at 1 o’clock.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit purinawalkfordogsguides.com or call Clark at 250-939-8267.