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Teeing Off for Dog Guides
Posted - June 19, 2017

This summer, we’re encouraging individuals across Canada to tee off in support of Dog Guides! If you are considering hosting a fundraiser for our Foundation during these warmer summer months, why not plan a golf tournament? Alternately, you could participate in one of this summer’s existing tournaments in support of Dog Guides Canada. For more information on this and other events, please reach out to Jessica 905-842-2891 x226 or email Events.


Ride for Dog Guides
Posted - June 6, 2017

This year’s central Ontario Ride will begin in Oakville and will end at our training facility in Breslau. Riders will then be greeted with food and festivities. Canada’s 2017 ride locations include:

Oakville, ON
June 17, 2017 

Saskatoon, SK
Route 2: June 10-11
Route 3: June 24-25 

For more information, please call Jessica at 905-842-2891 x226.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides would like to thank all of this year’s riders for their very generous support. Don’t forget to check back here for 2018 dates.

To register, donate, or find out more information, please visit


Fall Open House
Posted - July 5, 2017

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides’ Open House features a tour of the training facility, a silent auction, and live demonstrations from each of our Dog Guide programs. It’s also your chance to learn about our volunteer and foster puppy programs – and to meet future Dog Guide puppies!

There’s no need to register to attend our Fall Open House, as tours will be held throughout the day on October 14. The Open House is a free event, although our Foundation is accepting donations in support of each of the six Dog Guides programs.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at this family-friendly event at our main facility in Oakville. Check out our Events page for more information.

March is Stay Home & Bid Auction month!
Posted - March 10, 2017

The Stay Home & Bid Auction is officially underway and will continue until Sunday, April 2nd.

Supporters from right across Canada are encouraged to get in on the action! Proceeds from the auction will support the training of Dog Guides for Canadians living with a medical or physical disability.

Find out more, see current auction items – and feel free to bid! – here.

Tune In for an Update
Posted - March 1, 2017

Check out the newly updated Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides 7min Promotional Video and Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides 30sec Public Service Announcement.

Both have recently been added to Dog Guides' YouTube channel.

Save the Date
Posted - February 24, 2017

The 2017 Stay Home & Bid Auction will launch on March 6th and will run until April 2nd. A link to the auction site will be posted on our Events page on the morning of Monday, March 6th.

Get ready to bid! This year's auction items include a Garmin activity tracker, Bose headphones, a Keurig coffee maker, a Canon EOS Rebel Camera, golf packages, a "Name the Puppy" (future Dog Guide) opportunity, gift certificates, lunch and a VIP session with Dog Guides Canada, wine tours, original artwork, and much more!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get a “heads up” on the items that will be up for grabs the following week. New items will be added weekly – look for those details every Monday.

Please note: It’s never too late to donate an auction item! Lions Foundation of Dog Guides Canada is still happily collecting donations for the upcoming auction.
To donate, please download our Auction Item Donation Form, fill it out, save it, and .

That's a Wrap
Posted - February 15, 2017

After filming multiple scenes in various locations over a six week period, the crew called it a wrap last night. Thank you to future Dog Guides Addie, Astra, Audio and Maclean – and congratulations on a successful project on the silver screen.

Thank you, too, to Service Dog Guide Mickey who is set to be the film’s “leading man”. And finally, to our immensely talented Dog Guide Instructors, Rhonda and Julie, our immense gratitude. We look forward to shining a light on the journey a Dog Guide takes from foster puppy to being a working dog assisting Canadians with physical or medical disabilities.

A Night to Remember
Posted - February 9, 2017

Canadians from British Columbia to New Brunswick gathered together in our Oakville, ON facility to salute the accomplishments of our 27 most recent grads. We were honoured to have Lions Club members and many generous sponsors at the event last week, and we were moved by the touching tributes and speeches offered up through the course of the evening. While refreshments and desserts were served, photographer Monica Healy captured innumerable beautiful moments between foster families and grateful graduates. We are thrilled that so many talented photographers, just like Monica, have responded to our recent post for Volunteer Photographers. Dog Guides Canada is still keen on connecting with as many of you as possible; we look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Once again, congratulations to all graduates!

Congratulations, Graduates!
Posted - February 2, 2017

January was a busy month for us here at Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Tonight, we will gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of our latest grads who hail from places ranging from British Columbia to New Brunswick.

One father, named Jason, is now set to introduce Xirus, an Autism Assistance Dog Guide, to his son. Jason calls Xirus the “missing piece of the puzzle that will allow our son to fully connect with others”. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides was touched to hear the family’s high praise.

Collar of Duty
Posted - January 26, 2017

Collar of Duty, a documentary series that looks at the stories of service animals and the people they assist, airs on Animal Planet Canada.

This week’s episode will feature Lucy, a Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Instructor. On Friday, January 27th, the episode will focus on Diabetic Alert Dog Guides, and on how these Dog Guides assist people aged 10 or older who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. Our Instructors, like Lucy, train these Dog Guides to detect sudden drops in their handler’s blood sugar through scent, so that they can alert their handler to ingest something sweet. The dogs are also trained to get help within the home and to activate an alert system if needed.

Collar of Duty, a 12-part documentary series on Animal Planet Canada, airs Fridays at 10:00pm.

Time Flies
Posted - January 11, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but eight weeks has passed since Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides welcomed Taffy and Tommy’s eight yellow Labrador retrievers. Each of the four females and four males were part of this week’s puppy handout. Yesterday, Sam Hobbs, our Breeding and Puppy Program Coordinator, sent six of Taffy & Tommy’s pups home with their new foster families. The last two pups in the litter will go home with foster families later today.

Thank you to those – new and “seasoned” – who are fostering for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. We are grateful to each of you for giving the very best care to these future Dog Guides. In the year ahead, Albus, Acre, Audio, Alder, Aldi, Addie, Astra and Avro will be socialized, introduced to fundamentals, and provided with a necessary foundation for their future.

2017 is off to a great start for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, as this was not only the first puppy handout of 2017, it is also Taffy’s first-ever litter!

New Year… New Puppies
Posted - January 3, 2017

It was a busy holiday season for our breeding program staff – and for our Mama Dog Guides, too! Many of Baja’s B litter, born on December 17th, are just starting to open their eyes now. These future Dog Guides are destined for big things down the road.

And the Winners ARE...
Posted - January 3, 2017

Maple Leafs Weekend Draw

Ontario Raffle (Dec 16th)

Grand Prize:
Batawa Lions Club

Seconday Prizes:
1. Wayne Greer
2. Palmerston Lions Club
3. Freelton Lions Club
4. Lions Club of Woodstock
5. Vienna Lions Club

Alberta Raffle (Dec 20th)

Grand Prize:
Richard Buck

Seconday Prizes:
1. Don Madsen
2. Morrin Lions Club

Time to Fetch the Best Gift!
Posted - December 5, 2016

Dog Guides has the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done, all while supporting life-changing partnerships for people who have a physical or medical disability.

You can “give” a puppy to that special someone when you "Adopt" a Dog Guide puppy.

Why not buy toys for our puppies
or a harness and leash for a new Dog Guide,
or simply give to the program of your choice?

Every gift goes far in supporting our life-changing partnerships.

Foster Family Opportunity
Posted - October 12, 2016

We’re looking for local dog lovers with big hearts interested in helping raise the next generation of Dog Guides!

For more information about this rewarding volunteer role, and to download the foster family application, visit our Foster Puppy page

Dog Guides on TVOKids
Posted - October 4, 2016

Dog Guides will be featured on the children’s television series Now You Know on TVOKids this Friday, October 7th!

You can tune in or stream the episode through the show’s website.

Celebrating 2,500 Graduates
Posted - August 24, 2016

One of the teams pictured is Graduate Number 2,500! This past week, as our most recent Autism Assistance classes completed partnership training with their new Dog Guides, we achieved this amazing milestone. Thank you to everyone who helped get us here.

A Record-Breaking Walk
Posted - July 6, 2016

You raised funds, you walked, and you helped make this the best year yet for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides!

The 2015-16 Walk season brought in a total of $1,305,517.38, with 245 communities across Canada participating this year. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all the volunteers, organizers, sponsors, and each and every person who supported this cause of helping to give Canadians with physical and medical disabilities a new leash on life. Check back shortly for total amounts raised by each community.

New Leash on Life!
Posted - May 30, 2016

This past weekend, more than 200 communities took part in the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, with many walks still to come later this year. Thanks to everyone who organized an event, took part, or donated to the Walk.

There’s still time to contribute to these year's Walk total: Visit the Walk website until June 30th to make a donation. Thanks to Pet Valu, 100 per cent of funds raised go toward training and matching life-changing Dog Guides.

New Leash on Life
Posted - May 12, 2016

The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides' mission is to make more life-changing matches possible for Canadians with physical and medical disabilities.

Read about how one family’s life changed as the result of being matched with an Autism Assistance Dog Guide, and don’t forget to register for the walk at

Purina Animal Hall of Fame: Better Together
Posted - May 4, 2016

Last year was a Dog Guides first: Nettle, a Diabetic Alert Dog Guide, was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. This year, there’s even more to celebrate. Kayla and her Seizure Response Dog Guide Shadow are recipients of the first-ever Better Together award. Congratulations to the team!

Read more about the Hall of Fame ceremony here.

Seizure Response Grad Promotes Epilepsy Awareness
Posted - March 24, 2016

Danny and his Dog Guide Flanders stopped by CTV Saskatoon this week to draw attention to Purple Day, an international, grassroots movement meant to increase understanding of epilepsy. Tune in to hear more about Seizure Response Dog Guides, and how Flanders helps keep Danny safe:

The following link is to the latest CTV news broadcast. See the boxes below the video
Choose CTV News at Noon Saskatoon for Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The clip starts at the 8-minute mark (where the first little blip on the timeline appears)

Watch the Video

Dog Guides Opens TSX for Epilepsy Awareness
Posted - March 2, 2016

Dog Guides joined Care-Alive yesterday morning to open the Toronto Stock Exchange, and raise awareness of epilepsy in doing so. Care-Alive is dedicated to providing support for people with epilepsy, and is a great supporter of Dog Guides’ Seizure Response program.

Our thanks to Care-Alive and the TSX for getting a head start on Purple Day later this month, and helping to increase knowledge of epilepsy.

Meet Manitoba’s Newest Hearing Ear Team
Posted - February 29, 2016

Cindy’s Hearing Ear Dog Guide Jem is her link to the world of sound, and for the teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students, Jem has an important role both inside the classroom and out. Learn more about Cindy and her Dog Guide Jem in this CTV News Winnipeg story.

Honour Someone with an eCard
Posted - Feb 12, 2016

Now when you make a donation in honour or in memory of someone special, you have the option of sending an eCard to personalize your gift to Dog Guides. Whether celebrating a birthday or other milestone, saying thanks, or honouring the memory of a loved one, an eCard is an instant way to show your thoughtfulness while supporting Dog Guides’ mission.

Dog Guides in Maclean’s magazine
Posted - Nov 5, 2015

In print and online, Maclean’s Cool Jobs column features Hearing Ear Dog Guide trainer Angela. Learn more about what it’s like to prepare a Dog Guide for the important work it will do.

Watch the video