Canadian Guide Dogs outstretch their paws to raise funds – COVID-19 has not stopped vision loss

Just one of the many dogs participating in the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind training program. (Photo: Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind)

The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) have experienced an exceptional year for their guide dog training programs due to COVID-19. On Sunday, September 20th you can help by participating in their 36th annual Dollar$ for Dog$ fundraising dog walk. Now, more than ever, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind needs your help.

Planning to do the 4-km walk in person with your dog buddy, check in at Ottawa’s Andrew Haydon Park anytime between 8:00 am – 11:00 am.  Walk the route on your own or with those in your social bubble.

(Participants at the 2019 Dollar$ for Dog$ fundraiser for Canadian Guide Dogs held at Andrew Haydon Park. Photo: Canadian Guide Dogs)

If you’d rather isolate, you can still raise pledges and go for a walk in your own community or neighbourhood on September 20.

Steve Doucette, the Events Coordinator for Guide Dogs, told Stittsville Central, “I don’t imagine we’ll have our usual turnout for this event, or make as much revenue as usual, but our hope is that some people may raise funds, who normally don’t, and walk their dogs in their own areas.” Another good reason to support the Canadian Guide Dogs training program.

If you plan to participate in person, Canadian Guide Dogs have asked that you register in advance as they are limiting numbers. Make sure to have your dog on a leash. Physical distancing and local COVID-19 health bylaws will be followed.

All funds raised through Dollar$ for Dog$ are directed towards the training of guide dogs and assistance dogs.

Register in advance at www.guidedogs.ca or phone 613-692-7777.


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