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LEOs walked for dog guides on Sunday
Hailee Turner, 12, a LEO with the St. Davids Lions Club, helped with the Walk for Dog Guides Sunday. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

A handful of young LEOs took a walk in the park to raise money for dog guides on Sunday.

About 11 members of the St. Davids Lions Club took their dogs for a walk around the club’s park on York Road on May 26. The LEOs collected pledges to raise money toward providing a guide dog for Canadians with disabilities.

The annual fundraising event, which was started by the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and sponsored by Pet Valu, took place in 300 communities across Canada on Sunday.

Susan Snider, member of the St. Davids Lions Club and walk organizer, said the LEOs consistently demonstrate dedication to the community through involvement and fundraising.

Sunday brought in $1,236 toward the cost of training a service dog, which Snider said costs about $2,500 in total.

She said the St Davids LEOs worked with the Merritton Lions Club last year to bring in a combined $13,000 toward funding a guide dog.

“The LEOs were able to fund a dog guide … The dogs are given for free. As long as the applicant qualifies there is no charge to the recipient,” Snider said. “Now the LEOs are working toward raising money for a second one this coming year.”

Aside from a bit of a hectic start, which Snider said is expected with so many dogs in one place, the morning event went well.

“Of course, you wish more people would participate or make it out, but every little bit helps and we’re very grateful to those who did come out,” Snider said, adding that all the dogs were wonderful.

“It was good, and the sun was shining – it was a wonderful day.”

Participants were all given goodie bags with donations from the Lions Club, St. David’s Veterinary Clinic, Upper Canada Animal Hospital and Minor Bros Country Living.