• Lauren Mitchell

Guides Canins in Saint-Lazare brings in first edition of Paws for Hope walk this fall


(Left to right): Julie Sansregret, Christine Barrette, Marie-Claude Marion, Linda Jackson, and Karine Bourgeois propose a win-win activity that will have dog owners out spending time with their canine companions while raising money for a great cause.

Guides Canins in Saint-Lazare has teamed up with Mondou to bring the Cancer Society of Canada’s Paws for Hope fundraising activity for its first edition in Saint-Lazare. On October 2, a 5-km walk will take place at the Guides Canins property located at 1200 Montée Poirier in order to collect funds for cancer research. The difference in this walk is that participants are encouraged to sign up with their dogs, and bring along family members or friends to walk in a group and are welcome to bring as many dogs as they can handle.

“The goal is to sensitize people to cancer,” explained Karine Bourgeois, development officer for the Canadian Cancer Society. “Dogs are man’s best friend, and it has an effect on our health. We walk them, we run with them, and we move with them."

The requirements of participation are simple. Each walker must pay a fee of $10 in order to do the activity and must collect donations before the event on behalf of their dog. The minimum suggested collection is $100 per animal. For those who wish to walk more than one pet, they must raise an additional $50 at least. Mondou will be collecting funds at their stores, where a donation of $1, $3 or $5 can be given at the cash. They will also be collecting $5 donations for their Doggie-Wash service which is offered in all Mondou stores in Québec.

It is expected that there will be 40 dogs and 40 companions who will attend the event. After the walk, there will be a picnic at the centre and participants will also have a sneak peek at the services offered at Guides Canins such as various canine sports demonstrations. Mondou will be handing out gift bags full of goodies to all participants that can include accessories and treats for your dog. The event will occur rain or shine, so mark the date down on your calendar.

“I lost my father to cancer in September and a few months later in November I also lost my dog to cancer,” explained Marie-Claude Marion, one of the participants in the upcoming walk. “My goal is to bring as many people together who love animals as much as I do, therefore it was important to me to participate in this because my second dog helped me through my time of grieving.”

To sign yourself and your pet up for the walk happening this October, please visit www.pawsforhope.ca and choose Saint-Lazare on the drop-down menu, or contact one of the CCS’s regional offices at (450) 692-5110.