The Lions Mane

Brady Lions Club did not meet during the holiday week, so let’s use this column to look at one of our ‘We Serve’ charities. There are several organizations that are affiliated with Lions Clubs International that train dogs to assist persons who are blind, deaf, or otherwise physically challenged. They are located in Canada, the U.S.A., and in other countries. The one that is most closely associated with Lions Clubs in this country is Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan. Guide dog schools exist to train dogs (usually German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers) to perform the important task of providing a blind, hearing impaired or physically challenged person with greater mobility. The one- to two-year-old animals go through a five- to nine-month training period, during which they are taught to be reliable and efficient companions. Guide dogs are usually provided free of charge. During the month long period when the dog and new master are trained together, the recipient, with the help of a local Lions Club, may need to pay for travel expenses. For more information about this Lions Clubs charitable program see ‘www.Lionsclubs.org/English/FDogGS.html’. While you’re checking that web page, tour the rest of ‘Lionsclubs .org’. You’ll see more of what our organization is all about. Maybe you’ll decide to become a Brady Lion, too. We’ll be glad to have you. The 40-plus men and women in the Brady Lions Club wish each of you a happy and healthy 2001. Working together, we can improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.

Leave a Comment