‘Woofstock’ coming to Lion’s Park on May 27

‘Woofstock’ coming to Lion’s Park on May 27

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'Woofstock' formerly known as the Lion's Club's Walk for Guide Dogs, is coming to Lion's Park on May 27 and starts at 9:30 a.m. (File photo)

First there was Woodstock, now there’s “Woofstock.”

Got any hippy dogs?

The Oliver Lion’s Club is expanding its walk for dog guides this year and calling it “Woofstock.”

Last week the club asked the Town of Oliver for a $500 grant-in-aid to help sponsor the event, which is a fundraiser for training guide dogs.

On May 27 the club hopes to feature a fish pond for children and a competition for best dressed dog. There will also be various prizes and a skateboarding demonstration in Lion’s Park.

Each guide dog costs approximately $25,000 to train and is provided at no cost to qualified applicants.

The Lion’s Foundation of Canada Dog Guides does not receive any government funding and relies strictly on donations and fundraising events.

Dogs are trained to help people who are visually and hearing impaired, as well as those prone to seizures. There are also autism assistance dogs and diabetic alert dogs. It was reported that five people in the Oliver area need these services.

The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. and people are encouraged to bring their dogs and get their pictures taken.

Council approved the funds that will come out of the conditional grant-in-aid budget.

Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger said “Woofstock” should be an exciting community event in conjunction with the new off-leash dog park.

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