Dog Guides Canada

Site: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name Autism Assistance Dog Guides ; Canine Vision Canada ; Diabetic Alert Dog Guides ; Hearing Ear Dog Guides ; Lions Foundation of Canada ; Seizure Response Dog Guides ; Service Dog Guides
Contact Information
Office Phone 905-842-2891
Toll Free Phone 1-800-768-3030
TDD Phone 905-842-1585
Fax 905-842-3373
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Alex Ivic, Manager of Dog Guide Operations; Email:
Alternate Contact Jenny Gladish, Communications Manager; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Emelia Froom, Events and Volunteer Coordinator; Email:
Agency Information
Description (Agency) A service which offers dog guide programs to Canadians with disabilities.
Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Established 1985
Primary Executive Sandy Turney, Executive Director
Funding Donations - corporate and individual ; Foundation - Lions Foundation of Canada
Service Information
Description (Service) Specialized Dog Guide programs include: 
Canine Vision Dog Guides 
* help clients who are blind or visually impaired * specially trained to navigate busy streets, stairs, escalators and obstacles found on most daily routes  
Special Skills Dog Guides 
* help clients with medical and/or physical disabilities * trained to open and close doors, retrieve items, bark for help, and activate an alert system 
Hearing Ear Dog Guides 
* help clients who are deaf or hard-of-hearing * taught to alert to sounds by making physical contact with their handlers, and then leading them to the sound. * trained to respond to unique sounds of client’s home, such as baby’s cry, kettle boiling, ringing telephone or activated fire alarm 
Seizure Response Dog Guides  
* help clients with epilepsy * trained to react to client’s seizure by barking for help, activate an alert system (LifeLine) or get help within home environment  
Autism Assistance Dog Guides 
* help provide safety, companionship and unconditional love for children 4-12 years of age with autism * provide calming relief for children in high anxiety situations, and reduce stress commonly experienced in public places  
Diabetic Alert Dog Guides 
* assist people aged 10 or older with type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemic unawareness * trained to detect sudden drops in blood sugar through scent and alert to ingest something sweet * provide help in the home or activate alert system * ability to detect and react to hypoglycemic episodes helps avoid loss of consciousness and subsequent life-threatening effects  
Foster Puppy program 
* bred at the Foundation’s facility in Breslau, Ontario or donated by reputable breeders 
* at approximately eight weeks of age, puppies are placed in foster homes until ready to return for formal training, usually around one year of age * foster families attend puppy classes in Oakville and Breslau every four to six weeks throughout one year commitment 
* foster families should live roughly within an hour drive of the Oakville or Breslau facility 
* puppies live in foster homes for a socialization period of approximately one year and are returned to the training school in Oakville to be screened for both physical soundness as well as temperament before entering the training program 
* foster families house train puppies, teach manners, basic obedience, and socialize to situations like offices, shopping malls, and public transportation 
* food donated by Nestle Purina® PetCare * veterinary care is provided at the Foundation’s in-house clinic
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Oakville
Eligibility visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, deaf, epileptic, physically or medically disabled individuals, children with autism, type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
Application online
Languages English ; French
Fees None ; no cost to obtain dog * all travel to and from Oakville and room and board is covered during training session * future care and maintenance of dog is obligation of recipient
Site Information
Located In Community Oakville (Kerr Village)
Address & Map
152 Wilson St
Oakville, ON L6K 0G6
View Google Map
Intersection Kerr St and Rebecca St
Accessibility Fully Accessible
Taxonomy and Classification
Service Categories Service Animals