Dogs love to chase bunnies, but who knew they also loved to hunt for Easter eggs?The annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs, presented by National Service Dogs (NSD), will take place in nearby London, Ontario, on March 29. A fundraising event for NSD, the event has been hosted in various cities across Ontario over the last 15 years.
In fact, the hunt is hosted every Good Friday in nine Canadian cities. The 2012 Easter Egg Hunt raised over $100,000 for this worthy organization, committed to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children and individuals living with autism and special needs.
Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a Milk-Bone treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes. Registrants receive two egg cartons, giving them the opportunity to collect up to 24 eggs. Participants who collect donations on NSD’s behalf are eligible to collect more eggs based on the dollar value of the donations they received.
In 1996, National Service Dogs pioneered the program of breeding, training and placing Certified Service Dogs with children with autism. Over the last 16 years, NSD has graduated over 250 Certified Service Dog Teams, helped many service dog organizations around the world start their own autism programs, and started two new programs: the Skilled Companion Dog Program and the Companion Dog Program.
For more information on this unique Easter event, to be held at the Middlesex Agility Club in London, please visit www.nsd.on.ca, contact Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (519) 623-4188, ext. 10. And, for helpful information on planning a quick getaway to London, please visit www.londontourism.ca.