Happy with the success of its first two outings, the Floradale Friends of Dog Guides Lions Branch club will launch its third online auction next week, which will take place from October 22 to 31.
All proceeds will go to the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dog Program which provides trained animals to help people with various needs.
“We were able to raise $ 2,000 from each of our others, so we can touch that too this time. But if we get $ 1,500, we’ll be very happy, ”Club member Marlene Creech said.
The fundraiser will help raise, train and place the dogs at no cost to customers. The organization estimates that it costs $ 35,000 over the lifespan of the dog, as everything from breeding to following up with clients after training is included for free.
The Lions Foundation of Canada trains dogs for seven uses: vision, hearing, seizure response, diabetes detection, autism, service (mobility issues) and accommodation (for professional agencies helping people in traumatic situations).
“Unlike other organizations that charge people for a dog, they’re free. And the tracking and all kinds of support is also free. So yes, that’s a lot of money, ”she said of the need for fundraising efforts such as online auctions.
“We have several gift cards available. Because it’s all about fundraising for dogs, we have a number of items for dogs – really nice dog beds, a winter coat, toys and a puppy pack, ”he said. Creech said about the items being auctioned, a listing that also includes a home theater projector and gift baskets.
“I hope that various people will be interested in what we have. “
The auctioned items will be visible on the Facebook-based site next week before the auction goes live.
In the same vein, the Lions are raising funds for the construction of a new training center. The current building was originally a public school and was never intended for a dog training center. The plan is that the service will remain in Oakville.
In addition to the online auction, Club Floradale is participating in the sale of a calendar that features photos of Canada’s cutest future guide dogs, which can be purchased online. The club offers the delivery of calendars in December. All proceeds will go directly to benefit the Lions Foundation of Canada guide dogs.