Helping those with physical disabilities

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The Amherst Lions Club is planning its annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, June 3, and everyone and their dog is expected to be there.

A good turnout is expected for the major Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides fundraiser, which helps provide dog guides to Canadians with visual, hearing and other physical disabilities.

Helping those with physical disabilities

The Amherst Lions Club is planning its annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, June 3, and everyone and their dog is expected to be there.

A good turnout is expected for the major Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides fundraiser, which helps provide dog guides to Canadians with visual, hearing and other physical disabilities.

After getting away from the program for some time, the local Lions jumped back on board about four years ago, according to Lion Steve Butler. The chairman of the local event said he first became interested in it after attending a convention in Port Hawkesbury and meeting the walk's district chairman, who sold him on the idea.

"As soon as I heard about the dogs and what they do, I brought the idea back to the club and we jumped right on it," he explained.

The local club raised enough money to purchase a dog that year, and have bought six now altogether at a cost of about $5 to $6,000 each.

Those who are in need of the dogs are on a waiting list through the foundation, and the person in need living closest to Amherst receives the dog purchased with the local funds. The dog purchased last year went to someone in Wallace, according to Butler.

Pamphlets with pledge sheets are now available at various locations in town, including the Amherst Veterinary Clinic, while the Lions continue to make preparations for the coming event. Anyone with a dog is welcome to come out and participate in the walk.

"It's a Lions function and it raises money for people that need them," said Lion Robert Stephens. "There's always a need."



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Lions Club, Lions Foundation, Amherst Veterinary Clinic

Geographic location: Port Hawkesbury, Wallace

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