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Springhill Lions Club’s Dave Galloway (left) and King Lion Corey Galloway announced the Purina Let’s Walk For Guide Dogs is coming to Springhill Sunday, May 26, giving the Lions an opportunity to highlight their guide dog program, which the Lions absorb the cost of training.
SPRINGHILL – Whoever said dogs and cats don’t mix never came across a lion with a guide dog.
The Springhill Lions Club are bringing the Purina Let’s Walk For Guide Dogs to Springhill on Sunday, May 26, giving the Lions an opportunity to highlight their guide dog program.
“We (Lions) support six different types of guide dogs. We raise them, train them, do the orientation with the family and then they go to the family, completely free,” Springhill’s King Lion Corey Galloway said.
The program – a Lions International initiative, offers guide dogs specialized in assisting with vision loss, hearing loss, seizure response, special skills, autism and now diabetic alert.
“It’s new and being launched this year,” Galloway said. “A trained dog can sense when sugar levels are low.”
The cost of training each dog runs upwards of $20,000, making events like the upcoming walk important – not just for raising funds, but bring the program to the public’s attention. The next family to receive a guide dog could very well be from Springhill, Galloway said, so the public needs to know the program is out there.
“In Nova Scotia we’ve sponsored three guide dogs, the last going to a little boy from Greenwood,” Galloway said.
The Purina Let’s Walk For Guide Dogs event will start at the Springhill Ground Search and Rescue Hall and wrap up at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, where a barbecue will be held in the Lions Park. In the days leading up to the event, people can enroll by contacting a Lion member, receive a sponsor sheet and canvas for funds. Any donations received will go a long way towards training a guide dog.
“It doesn’t matter if you raise one dollar, $100 or $1,000. Every cent counts,” Galloway’s brother and fellow Lion Dave said. “For us this is a stepping stone and we’ll make it bigger every year.”
SPRINGHILL – The Springhill Lions Club will add another success story to their still developing history on Saturday, may 25, when the Springhill Leos Club receives its charter.
The youth chapter will be the third in the province and a charter night is scheduled to take place at the Legion in Springhill.