Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1983. It’s the largest school of its kind in Canada with its training school in Oakville and breeding facility in Breslau.

To empower Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing Dog Guides at no cost to them and supporting each pair in their journey together.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides operates under the highest standards.

Lions Foundation of Canada is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Guide & Assistance Dog Schools and an accredited member of International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

Lions Foundation of Canada is recognized as a member of Imagine Canada’s Standards of Excellence program, a charitable organization that meets the highest standards for accountability and openness in its fundraising practices and policies.

In-person and Virtual Options for the 2023 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.

Please join thousands of our supporters across Canada by registering for your local walk on Sunday, May 28th, 2023 to raise funds for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.

Thank you to our 2022 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides Participants, Donors, Sponors and Organizers!

With no government funding, we rely on the support of fundraising events and donations from service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals.

When you donate on Giving Tuesday, your donations will train Dog Guides for Canadians with disabilities and medical conditions and have life-changing impacts felt for days, months, and years to come. Our goal is to raise $105,000 to support three Canadians to receive the life-changing gift of a Dog Guide.

The Dog Guides Guardians are a key group of donors who give monthly to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Why Give Monthly?

  • It’s easy and convenient.
  • Monthly donations go farther.
  • You are in charge.
  • You can be confident knowing your gifts change lives.
  • You’re helping us plan for the future.
  • It’s manageable.

Sharing information about important causes goes a long way in spreading awareness of organizations that are making a difference and improving lives. Please support Dog Guides by liking, following and subscribing to their online social platforms and share these links with family, friends and even colleagues. Every engagement matters and boost visibility for them. Thank you!


Dog Guides are trained to assist Canadians with a wide range of disabilities. There are SEVEN programs that prepare dogs to offer their handlers greater independence, mobility and safety.

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Provide safety, companionship and love to help children and their families gain more independence and social interaction.

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Dogs trained for professional agencies provide comfort to victims or witnesses of a crime or sudden tragedy.

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Assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing an increased sense of security through alerting and/or leading handlers to important sounds.

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Help create an increased sense of mobility for handlers who are blind or visually impaired.

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Recognize and react to the onset of frequent seizures to help their handlers feel secure.

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Increase independence of handlers with physical and medical disabilities (open and close doors, retrieve dropped items, etc).

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When they detect sudden drops in their handler’s blood sugar, they alert them, retrieve the diabetic kit and food and provide comfort after an episode.

How You Can Help

● Foster a Puppy
● ‘Adopt’ a Puppy
● Sponsor a Dog Guide team
● Corporate Giving
● Become a Corporate Partner
● Host a Fundraiser
● Leave a Legacy
● Memorial Donations

Single or monthly donations accepted.

Single or monthly donations accepted.

For more details, view the HOW TO HELP section on the website.

Dog Guides’ Wish List

Did you know that Dog Guides has a Wish List? Dog Guides Canada is a national charity that receives zero government funding, so they’re always looking for specific items for Dog Guides in training, their clients and for the facilities. If you’d like to donate items to the foundation, please view their wish list.

Canine Vision Dog Guide Program

Martin & Yager – Toronto, Ontario

Canine Vision Dog Guides like Yager are trained to help their handlers navigate daily routes and provide them a safe means of moving about freely in their community and beyond.

Diabetic Alert Dog Guide Program

Brooke and Jade & Nettle –Cambridge, Ontario

Nettle was one of the very first diabetic alert dogs trained in Canada. Her sensitive nose continually saves Brooke and Jade from the potentially life-threatening effects of Type 1 diabetes. The 12-year-old twins are both hypoglycemic-unaware, which means the usual signs of low blood sugar are absent.


Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Volunteers Collaboratively Donated

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Provide Love, Socialization
and Basic Training in a Safe,
Nurturing Environment

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Walk and Play with Dogs,
Groom Dogs or Assist
Instructors During Training

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Host Fundraisers,
Participate in / Organize Events
or Offer Administrative Assistance

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