Gather your friends, family and dogs for a day of 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 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 as we celebrate the joy dogs bring to our lives. Registration is free, fundraising is encouraged. There are sponsorship, volunteer, and vendor opportunities too!
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 checkout our Facebook event page for the latest on DogFest Tri-States, participate in dog friendly
activities, and let people know why you are participating. You can even download this fun sign to 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.
10:30 a.m. - Check-in/registration
11:00 a.m. - Opening ceremony/Canine Companions speakers
11:30 a.m. - Walk kicks off
1:00 p.m. - Costume parade and contests
1:30 p.m. - Contest winners announced
1:45 p.m. - Silent auction winners announced
2:00 p.m. - Closing ceremony
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 7,000 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 the Northeast Region
Stacey Fell is a 7th grade teacher at Tompkins Square Middle School, a public school in New York City. In November of 2020, Stacey attended Team Training at the Northeast Region Training Center and was matched with Facility Dog Estrella. Stella is truly part of the instructional team in Stacey’s 7th grade classroom. Bringing students into the fold is definitely Stella's superpower--nobody can resist those big brown eyes! Even the students that are most reluctant to read are eager to read aloud to Stella, and nobody minds a written assignment when Stella is there to hold their notebook open. In Stacey and Stella’s classroom, any small group instruction or activity that involves Stella is more than likely to be successful.
“Stella is an incredible help in the classroom, whether she is applying gentle pressure to a student who is trying to settle-in. Or tugging a crate of books over to students who are browsing in the library. When Stella isn't keeping the students on task in the classroom, you can find her playing fetch with students in the school gym. She also loves to accompany groups of students to the nearby park. When Stella is present in class, students are more relaxed and positive which is beneficial to maintaining focus and thinking constructively.”
Your donation to DogFest Long Island-NYC helps us continue to place amazing teams like Stacey and Stella!
Royal Events Princess Parties Inc. is a family-owned company providing a wide range of characters including princesses, villains, mermaids, and superheroes to the New York/Long Island area. This award-winning company prides themselves on their dedicated staff and high-quality characters. They can bring a little magic to birthday parties, play dates, one-on-one interactions, large scale events, corporate gatherings, and much more. Royal Events is excited to attend DogFest Long Island-NYC this year to make the day a bit more magical!
Culinary Institute of America graduate David Dombroff has been providing incredible desserts for Long Island and New York for over 20 years. As the owner of The Rolling Pin Bakery, he has assembled and trained a top-notch team of confectionery wizards who pride themselves on creating delicious desserts from the finest ingredients. The Rolling Pin Bakery is generously sponsoring the alumni reunion after the event.
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