19th Annual Ernfold/Morse Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 31
Bring your four-legged friends and dig out your walking shoes - the Ernfold and District Lioness Club is hosting their 19th consecutive Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 31 in Morse.
The national event, now in its 30th year, has raised more than $12 million to provide dog guides to qualifying Canadians at no cost to those in need.
Pat Gall is the organizer for the local Ernfold/Morse walk, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 31.
"It's a pledge event, where each of the walkers gets a pledge form and then tries to get pledges from people. We don't do it on a mileage basis, it's more of a donation. So each of us gets as many pledges as we can, and then we go from there."
The Walk for Dog Guides in Morse will not be lengthy, says Gall.
"It's about a three kilometre walk, so it's not really far. But you can stop whenever you want, we have a driver who drives around and gives us water, and picks you up anyone who can't go any farther, in case of emergency."
The walkers will depart from the Morse Museum, and Gall says dogs are optional.
"You can bring your dog to walk, but if you don't have a dog, you're still welcome to come out and join us for the walk anyway."
More than 200 walks will take place this spring across Canada - the annual event raises money for Lions Foundation of Cana- da Dog Guides, a national charitable organization which breeds, trains, and places service dogs with qualifying applicants. Not only do service dogs help those with visual impairment, but the training has now been expanded to include hearing impairments, seizure response dogs, autism assistance, and diabetic alerts.
Pre-registration for the walk in Morse is not necessary, explains Gall.
"We ask that you just show up before 11 a.m. and we go from there. For the most part, we've had beautiful weather every year so we're hoping that it stays that way."
For more information, visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.