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 assistance dogs, working dogs or pet dogs, there are countless tales of man's best friend doing amazing things. Join the fun at your local DogFest or participate virtually as we celebrate the joy dogs bring to our lives. Registration is free. Fundraising is encouraged. There are sponsorship, volunteer and vendor!
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!
Be sure to check out our Facebook event page for the latest on DogFest Jacksonville, participate in dog-friendly activities and let people know why you are participating. You can even download this fun sign and let everyone know how your dog brings you joy.
DogFest supports 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.
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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 7,500 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 Jacksonville
In 2003, just after the invasion of Iraq, Colonel David Rozelle was in the lead vehicle headed across the desert when it ran over a landmine. He lost his leg in the explosion, but he never lost his commitment to our country.
In 2011, it was our turn to serve Col. Rozelle and help him regain the independence he sacrificed nearly twenty years ago. “My first Canine Companions service dog Domi allowed me to deal with my injury and find a solution for the lifetime of disability I now understood,” shares Col. Rozelle. Sadly, all journeys come to an end, as is the case with even the most life-changing service dogs. When the time came to receive a new service dog, Canine Companions was there, helping Col. Rozelle move forward and open his heart to the dog that would follow in Domi’s footsteps.
In 2019, Service Dog Kylynn did just that – wagging her way into Col. Rozelle’s heart and giving him a chance to move forward. “Kylynn does more for me than can be observed. The toughest part of my day is the simple act of getting out of bed in the morning. Every day, I have a reason to get up and for the first 15 minutes of my day, I feel complete and total love as I care for Kylynn. She in turn cares for me the rest of the day and makes every day great,” says Col. Rozelle.