Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
COVID-19 Updates

LFC Dog Guides update
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is eager to provide an update on our organization and how we are moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our goal and focus since the start of the pandemic start has been to provide the highest level of care to all of our dogs and support for all of our clients across Canada.  Thanks to an amazing staff team and the rest of our LFCDG family, we have been very successful in accomplishing those goals using non-typical solutions to current problems. 

We are striving to move forward and fully return to all of the services we typically do, once we are able to do so without risking the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers, clients and all stakeholders.  We have restarted our Career Change program to adopt dogs no longer in training to their forever homes, maintain all essential veterinary care required for our dogs, and conduct screening (hips, elbows, eye, etc.) and spays/neuters for our foster puppies and dogs in training. 

Our biggest challenge has been trying to determine a safe and effective way to train new and successor clients with their new Dog Guides.  This is a real pivot point for our organization. Once we are able to safely bring our clients to our school for training, we will be able to start many other areas including dog training at our facilities, dog recalls, and our breeding program.  In order to do this, we are committed to ensure the training can be conducted at the highest level to ensure client success, and without risking the health of any of our LFCDG family. 

Not being able to train new teams has led to a large backlog in clients on our waiting list for all 7 programs, and significantly increased the associated wait times.  We have therefore made the difficult decision to temporarily not accept any new applications for our Dog Guides in all the programs.  We will however continue to take reapplications from our successor clients who have had a Dog Guide from us.  As soon as we are able to start training teams and catch up with the applicants currently on our wait list, we will reopen our application process for new applicants. 

One of the other areas impacted due to COVID-19, is our breeding program which has been put on hold.  Usually at this time of year we would have lots of young puppies to place in loving homes as part of our foster puppy program.  Since we are currently not breeding any dogs, we do not have any puppies available for placement and have put a temporary hold on new applications for our foster puppy program.   
Please check our website for news as to when we have opened our application process for new Dog Guide applicants and foster puppy program applicants. 
  
Thank you for your continued interest in Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.  We are fortunate to have your commitment and support and are confident we will come out on the other end of this pandemic stronger and ready to serve our clients safely. 

Access to Dog Guides Facilities:
For the safety of all members of our Dog Guides family, Dog Guides Canada is operating under restricted conditions. During this time, we will continue to provide essential services at our facilities, which include vet clinic and food pick up.

If you need the vet clinic, please call 905-842-2891 ext. 288 (Oakville) or 905-842-2891 ext. 226 (Breaslau)

If you need to pick up dog food, please call 905-842-2891 ext. 266 (Oakville) or 905-842-2891 ext. 226 (Breaslau)

All non-essential staff are working from home but are available via email and phone, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them should you need their assistance.

If you have a general questions regarding Dog Guides, please email info@dogguides.com or phone 905-842-2891 ext. 0.

Events:
Under the recommendation of the Province of Ontario and in an effort to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to inform you that all of our events have been cancelled until further notice. All actions we are undertaking are being guided by the advice of the Canadian Public Health authorities. This decision is to protect the health and wellbeing of the public, staff and volunteers.

Volunteers:
Dog Guides Canada is fully committed to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, clients, dogs and all stakeholders. Under the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Canada and in an effort to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have decided to cancel all volunteer shifts until further notice.

We are continuing to monitor and evaluate the situation and you will be updated on the status of the Volunteer program should anything change.

All future decisions will be made with everyone’s safety, including yours, as a primary concern.

Upcoming Classes:
Classes have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date once restrictions have been lifted. Regarding upcoming classes (Fall & Winter), no official decision has been made. Our priority is always the safety of our graduates, applicants, volunteers, staff and of course, our dogs. When an official decision has been made, we will reach out to all of our stakeholders.

All Programs:
All programs (CVC, HD, SD, SRD, AAD, DAD & FSD) are temporarily closed. We continue to take reapplications from our successor clients who have had a Dog Guide from us.  As soon as we are able to start training teams and catch up with the applicants currently on our wait list, we will reopen our application process for new applicants. 

Foster Program:
Temporarily closed.