Meet Marley, the guide dog sponsored by Stone Road Mall.
The Guelph Mall has partnered with the Lions Dog Guides Foundation of Canada to showcase the mall’s sponsored guide dog’s journey from puppyhood to teenage years, showcasing his training and more throughout his life. service path.
The mission of Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs is to enable Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing free guide dogs and supporting each couple on their journey together, a press release read.
The largest school of its kind in Canada, the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs is located in Oakville with a breeding and training center in Breslau.
Guide dogs from seven separate programs are offered free of charge to eligible Canadians from coast to coast. From breeding to breeding and training with a lifetime of aftercare services, each guide dog costs $35,000 to train and place, the statement said. The foundation depends on donations to provide these special matches and receives no government funding.
“Here at Stone Road Mall, we are always looking to develop new partnerships and shine a light on the great organizations that do incredible work right here in our community,” Christina Magee, the mall’s marketing manager, said in the release. .
“Over the years, we have hosted several guide dog trainers at the Stone Road Mall. We recognize the importance of their service to those in need in Guelph and surrounding areas. »
Marley will debut online on Stone Road Mall platforms during the month of September, with a predominance focus on mall instagram.
“Marley is the face of our partnership and we want to invite the community to join us in watching, liking and sharing our content on this beautiful journey! Who doesn’t love dog photos and videos?!” Mage said.
The sponsorship began in March 2022 with the mall’s financial commitment to the Lions Guide Dogs Foundation of Canada. The program is based on Marley’s skill level at the time of his assessment and placement in specialty training. The online story will document Marley’s early development and feature notable milestones throughout the first year of his journey, the statement said.