As an Autism Assistance Dog Guide, I help provide safety, companionship and unconditional love for Zane who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also provide calming relief for him in high anxiety situations, and reduce the stress commonly experienced in public places. I also help keep Zane safe.
As cuddly as I am, I ask that you not pet me, I need to focus on Zane. If you see me without Zane, I am maintaining my training so I can be the best dog possible when it’s time to work with him. Thank you!
About Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) is a national charity. Its mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no cost.
Since 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada has provided specially trained Dog Guides to more than 2,150 men, women and children from coast to coast. Each Dog Guide costs approximately $25,000 to raise and train but they are provided at no cost to qualified applicants.
Lions Foundation of Canada operates three facilities in Ontario, the head offices and training facility in Oakville, and a breeding and training facility in Breslau. All Dog Guides and required training, including transportation and accommodation, are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of donations and fundraising events from service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals across the country.
Dog Guides Canada trains six different types of Dog Guides:
- 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 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