Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in Kamloops on May 26

The annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, a project of Aberdeen Lions Club, will take place this Sunday at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River St. east of downtown.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the walk taking place at 10 a.m.

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The walk in Kamloops — one of about 300 across Canada — is in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which provides service dogs (which are valued at about $25,000) to Canadians at no cost and with no government funding.

According to the foundation, approximately one in five Canadians are limited due to a disability.

Each of the walks is organized by local volunteers with support from Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and Pet Valu stores.

Held annually, the walk has raised more than $17 million to-date, with 100 per cent of the funds raised by each walker going directly toward seven dog guide programs:

• Canine vision dog guides: for people who are blind or visually impaired;

• Hearing dog guides: for people who are deaf or hard of hearing;

• Service dog guides: for people with a physical disability;

• Seizure response dog guides: for people who have epilepsy

• Autism assistance dog guides: for children on the autism spectrum;

• Diabetic alert dog guides: for people who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness;

• Support dog guides: for professional agencies with individuals in traumatic situations.

For more information and to register online and donate, go to walkfordogguides.com.

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