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 Jacksonville supports the mission of Canine Companions to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs free of charge. We are grateful that the fundraising has already started and we have received a generous matching gift* of $10,000 towards DogFest Jacksonville. Dollar for dollar, your donation will now be matched up to $10,000. And you can even triple your donation if your employer is one of many who will match your gift. You can find out if you work for a matchmaker by clicking here. * Match funds are a general event donation and do not count towards your personal fundraising or incentive level.
Join the fun at DogFest Jacksonville or participate virtually as we celebrate the joy dogs bring to our lives. Registration is free. Fundraising is encouraged. 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!
Don’t miss out on DogFest. Register, celebrate dogs and make an impact! Check back for more event day activities and contests!
DogFest Jacksonville Fitness Challenge Let’s get active together – virtually. You can walk, run, roll, or complete your miles in whatever way works best for you! Open to all ages and abilities. Through March 28, DogFest participants can log their miles and earn points. After registering for DogFest, go to your personal page by clicking "Manage My Page" and then select "Complete Activities" and participate in the challenge. Set your personal mileage goal and get moving!
We will monitor CDC and local health guidelines related to COVID-19. We hope to see you on March 28, 2021. Mask will be required to attend the in-person event. Continue to check back for more updates.
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 6,600 assistance 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 Jacksonville
Meet Melanie and Canine Companions Facility Dog Harley. Harley joined the team at St. Augustine Rehabilitation Specialists in 2019 and quickly won over patients with his wonderful temperament. He works with Melanie, a board certified neurologic physical therapy specialist, and helps people with Parkinson’s disease.
Harley is expertly trained in more than 40 tasks and helps patients improve their strength, coordination, balance and endurance by utilizing many of his commands. For example, Harley can “tug” and “hold” a therapy strap while a patient holds on to focus on their balance and stability. Harley also “gets” canes and delivers them to patients to use for gait training. Research highlights the benefits of regular physical exercise for people with Parkinson’s and Harley encourages more regular exercise.