The Rob Raham Team loves to be part of the Oakville community and this time they volunteered their time at the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.
The team went over to the Oakville location and got to meet so many great furry friends that are so well trained and fun to be around.
The dog guides were thoroughly washed and bathed, they went for walks, and got some well deserved playtime all provided by the Rob Raham Team.
Lions Foundation is a great national charity that was funded in 1983 by Lions clubs across Canada and their whole mission is to assist Canadians who have a medical or physical disability by providing them with highly trained dog guides at no charge.
This foundation is not founded at all by the Government; instead the Lions and Lioness clubs contribute up 25% of revenue each year. The majority of the funding comes from individuals and corporate donations, foundation, grants, and service club contributions from across the country. Many fundraising events are also held like the Walk for Dog Guides, which are also essential to each years funding.
The national training school is located in Oakville where they train dogs who are stable, intelligent and willing to work, and those breeds mostly consist of Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles and Miniature Poodles.
These dogs are trained to help and assist Canadians with these disabilities:
- Canine Vision Dog Guides – For people who are blind or visually impaired
- Hearing Ear Dog Guides – For people who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Service (formerly Special Skills) Dog Guides – For people who have a physical disability
- Seizure Response Dog Guides – For people who have epilepsy
- Autism Assistance Dog Guides – For children who have autism spectrum disorder
- Diabetic Alert Dog Guides – For people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
These highly trained dogs are provided to applicants who need them at no cost, this includes transportation, a room and board for the handlers while at the training school in Oakville.
Want to be part of this amazing foundation? Well they have great volunteer opportunities like dog grooming, office support, fundraising, Kennel Assistant, and you can even foster one of the dogs.
You are also able to adopt the dogs when they hit the age between 8 and 10 years old (this is usually the age when they retire) and take care of them from then on out.
Make sure to go check the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides for more information.