Local woman raising money for dog guides

Chelsea Smith of Shawville is organizing a charity walk for assistance dogs in Shawville on May 27. She said she hopes the event will bring awareness to the many benefits that assistance dogs can provide.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE May 2, 2018
A young woman in Shawville is organizing a fundraiser walk for service dogs that will take place later this month.
The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is an event that takes place in over 300 communities across Canada and is affiliated with Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.
Chelsea Smith is currently organizing the first ever walk to take place in Shawville, on May 27 at the Shawville Fairgrounds.
She explained that it costs upwards of $25,000 to train and place a guide dog, and the Lions Foundation works to provide them to those in need, free of charge. She added that assistance dogs aren’t just for people with vision problems, but can also be used to help those with seizures, autism or hearing impairments.
The walk has been taking place for over 30 years and has raised a cumulative total of over $15 million in support of its mission.

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