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What makes the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides unique?

Support from the Walk goes toward training and matching life-changing Dog Guides with Canadians who receive them at no cost, which is only possible thanks in large part to the funds raised through this annual event. The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides takes place in more than 240 communities across the country, in every province, and is open to all ages and abilities. This family-friendly event encourage participants to bring their pet dogs, though you don’t need one to take part.

When is the Walk?

The national Walk date is Sunday, May 28th, 2017, though some communities choose to host their Walk on an alternative day. Check the Walk Locations page for details specific to your community.

Is the Walk suitable for individuals using wheelchairs or other mobility aids?

Yes. Walk routes are easy-going, and planned with full accessibility in mind.

Is there a registration fee?

No. Thanks to the support from Walk sponsors, it is free to register and participate. Fundraising is an important objective of the Walk, however, and participants are encouraged to set a personal fundraising goal.

How do I fundraise for the Walk?

You can register online as a walker or sign up as a team captain and challenge your friends. You can also use the Walk donation form to collect donations, or make a donation online to the Walk of your choice. When you ask for support, please remember the following:

  • All Dog Guides are provided at no cost to qualified applicants despite costing $25,000 to train and place.
  • Dog Guides help Canadians with disabilities live safer and more independent lives.
  • There is a growing demand for Dog Guides.
  • 100% of all donations go to providing Dog Guides to Canadians with disabilities.
  • Tax receipts are issued automatically for all donations more than $20.
  • Donations can be made by cheque, cash, telephone, in person, or online by credit card.

Additional tips:

  • Set a fundraising goal.
  • Keep the donation form handy, you never know when a donation opportunity will arise.
  • Think BIG. Ask your community to support the Walk.
  • Use email. If you have long distance friends or family that you would like to approach for a donation, direct them to your fundraising page to donate online.
  • Hold an event to raise money for the Walk.

What are the rewards for fundraising?

Thanks to our national sponsors, we are able to provide incentives and prize draws to eligible participants. Please submit all of your donations on the day of your Walk to ensure you receive the prize you may be eligible for. Read for full contest details.

How can I volunteer?

  • Join a local Walk organizing committee to help distribute donation forms and posters, garner support from local sponsors, ask other community members to join you in participating and create interest in your community.
  • Offer to help on the day of the Walk. You can be a route marshal, hand out water, help set up, etc.
  • Host a Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in your community. Lions Foundation of Canada will help you every step of the way. Call 1 (800) 768-3030, or email us for more information.

How can 100% of donations go to the cause?

Thanks to the support of sponsorships, the organizational expenses of the Walk are covered. Local Walk committees also help by volunteering their time and collecting donations for refreshments and other items for the Walk.

Learn about our current sponsors

Interested in becoming a Walk sponsor?

How can I become a corporate supporter of the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides?

Thank you for your interest in the Walk! We are happy to work with you to personalize an experience that matches your business goals, and to acknowledge this partnership accordingly. For more information, please contact

Merilyn Lethbridge
Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides & Events Manager
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
800-768-3030 ext 231
905-842-2891 ext 231