The Napanee Lions Club is a proud supporter of the Leader Dog Lions Foundation
With a well-trained guide dog and instruction, the visually impaired could better navigate an increasingly busy world.
On April 4, 1939 Lions incorporated the Lions Leader Dog Foundation as a non-profit, rented a small farmhouse for the operation in Rochester Hills Michigan, and graduated its first official class at a cost of $600.00 per team.
Today, the school has graduated more than 14,500 guide dogs since opening its doors. As one of the first service dog schools, it helped to popularize the idea of service dogs and started a movement by Lions to support training programs.
There is no cost to the qualified client, and clients also receive housing and transportation while at the center.
Today the average cost of training a dog is US$37,000, and Lions Clubs and other individual donors and organizations provide all funding.
It is a proven fact, that these well-trained dogs can provide clients with a greater sense of mobility that sighted people take for granted.
For more information on please visit http://www.leaderdog.org