Galatia Lions Donate to Leader Dog For the Blind

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Galatia Lions Donate to Leader Dog for the Blind
Galatia Lions Donate to Leader Dog for the Blind

The Galatia Lions held a meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7 P.M. at Bondo’s. Special guest was Steve Griffin, Past District Governor of Eldorado. Griffin gave a presentation about Leader Dog for the Blind. The missioin of Leader Dog for the Blind is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for independent travel. The program was started in 1939 by three Lions members in Michigan. The three breeds that are used are Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd. To get a leader dog, the person must be 16 years of age, legally blind, present video of person functioning and can walk properly with a cane. The orientation of the person and dog takes 26 days. The leader dogs usefal span is 8-9 years. Griffin presented a video showing a person walking without a dog and then the same person walking with a dog and how the dog helped the person around obstacles. The Galatia Lions presented a check of $500 to the Leader Dog for the Blind Program.
Shown in the photo are Lions: Gary Brown, Mark Malone, Steve Stricklin and Jimmy Richey.
Photo by James D. Bond, Galatia Lions President

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