Gather your friends, family and dogs for a day of in-person or virtual fun! The human-canine bond is truly unique. On our happiest and hardest of days, our dogs love us endlessly. They are our everyday heroes in so many ways. Whether as service dogs, working dogs or pet dogs, there are countless tales of man's best friend doing amazing things.
DogFest Alabama supports the mission of Canine Companions to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs free of charge. These dogs make a profound impact through the jobs they do like opening doors, picking up dropped items, alerting to sounds and much more. Your support makes a difference.
Join the fun at DogFest Alabama or participate virtually as we celebrate the joy dogs bring to our lives. Registration is free. When registering, be sure to indicate you are bringing a dog to get your free DogFest dog bandana. Then fundraise to qualify for some fun DogFest swag!
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We will monitor CDC and local health guidelines related to COVID-19. We hope to see you on September 11, 2021.
DogFest is Canine Companions' national signature event, supporting the mission of Canine Companions to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs free of charge. These service dogs make a profound impact through the jobs they do like opening doors, picking up dropped items, alerting to sounds and much more. Your participation makes a profound impact.
Our dogs love us endlessly, and the human-canine bond is powerful! Whether as service dogs, working dogs or pet dogs, there are countless tales of our best friends doing amazing things. We invite you to join the fun at your local DogFest or participate virtually as we gather to celebrate the joy dogs bring to our lives. Registration is free. Fundraising is encouraged.
There are sponsorship [LINK], volunteer [LINK] and vendor [LINK] opportunities, too!
Canine Companions transforms the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs. Our dogs perform practical tasks that enhance independence and reduce reliance on others. They aren't just the eyes and ears, hands and legs of their human partners, they're also goodwill ambassadors and often, our best friends. A student achieves their dreams of attending college. A veteran gets a good night sleep. A patient can endure an additional procedure. Lives are transformed after being matched and working with a Canine Companions service dog.
According to the U.S. Census, nearly 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have a disability. While it costs approximately $50,000 to raise and train every Canine Companions service dog and provide ongoing support to the human-canine team, each dog is provided to the recipient completely FREE of charge. Canine Companions has placed over 6,800 service dogs, but more than 400 people with disabilities are still waiting for a match.
Our service dogs open up new opportunities and spread incredible joy. By raising funds through DogFest, you support our mission and the people we serve. Thank you.
Canine Companions in Alabama
Madonna Burden received a phone call early in the morning from her daughter, Kearria. But the voice on the other end of the line wasn’t her daughter. It was one of Kearria’s friends, who finally got the words out — “Kearria’s been shot in the head!” Kearria wasn’t expected to survive, but after multiple surgeries, she arrived at Shepherd Center for rehabilitation. She was in a wheelchair and immediately connected with Barboza, one of six Canine Companions facility dogs that work for the hospital system. Barboza was a welcome distraction from all the changes taking place in Kearria’s life. He would lay with her, comfort her, provide motivation and cheer her up. Her life was so completely different from what it used to be and Barboza didn’t care. When Barboza would pick up items that Kearria dropped, press the push plate and walk at her pace just to be close, she learned how helpful a dog like Barboza could be in her life. She decided that she wanted to get “a Barboza” for herself. When Kearria left Shepherd Center Pathways she applied for her own Canine Companions service dog to make her wish become a reality. Her desire for independence came true through Service Dog Darling. Kearria graduated from the University of South Alabama in May and wants to earn a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Kearria wants to enhance the independence of individuals living with disabilities.