Cold Spring Lions Host Fourth Annual “Strut Your Pup for Heeling Autism"

On Saturday, October 17th from 1:00 to 3:00pm (rain date: October 18th), the Cold Spring Lions Club will hold the 4th annual “STRUT” of dogs and puppies down Main Street, Cold Spring, to heighten awareness of service dogs trained by Guiding Eyes for the Blind, for families with children on the autism spectrum.

Registration will be on the lawn of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Main Street and Route 9D in Cold Spring. The parade will travel down to the foot of Main Street and back, culminating on the lawn of St. Mary’s Church. All well-behaved dogs that are leashed are invited.

Families with Heeling Autism dogs will also be on hand to speak about their personal experiences and how their specially trained dogs provide safety and companionship for children with autism. As a result, there are now increased opportunities for independence and reduction of parental stress.

The day promises to be fun and educational. There will be food, refreshments and a raffle with some great prizes. An added attraction for the festivities will also include an appearance by Wrangler, a Guiding Eyes dog-in-training who is regularly featured on the NBC TODAY Show.

About The Cold Spring Lions Club
Cold Spring Lions Club provides community service, including assistance with eye exams and eyeglasses, hearing aids, seniors’ dinner, shredder day, hurricane and flood relief, holiday wish list and food baskets, college scholarships, mother of the year honoree, vacation camp for those who are blind, support of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and The Walter Hoving Home, among others. Its history includes providing seed money for the Cold Spring Dock, with financing and constructing the “Tots Park” and funding the Haldane School Graduation Knoll. For more information, visit http://www.coldspringlions.org.

About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes (www.guidingeyes.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss as well as service dogs to children with autism. The organization is passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals and families for greater independence. Since its inception in 1954, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its accredited training programs and lifetime commitment to its graduating teams. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge.