DogFest New England 2022 Supporting Canine Companions
DogFest New England 2022

About DogFest 2022 New England

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 check out our Facebook event page for the latest on DogFest New England, 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.

Don’t miss out on DogFest. Join the fun!

Canine Companions' Impact Since 1975

More Reasons to Support

Date

Starts at:  October 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Ends at:  October 30, 2022 1:00 PM

Location

Polar Park
100 Madison St
Worcester,MA 01608 USA

Contact

AnnaMaria Jacobson
1-631-561-0237

Gather your friends, family and dogs for a day of fun!

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!

Why We Fundraise

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 7,200 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

  • ​457 active graduates 
  • 205 active puppy raisers 

Story of Independence: Meet Team John and Oakland

Oakland IV is my second service dog from Canine Companions. I am always amazed at how well Canine Companions matches their dogs with the right person, and how each of my dogs has had a unique and different personality. Most importantly, each partner has performed the tasks I need for independence wonderfully.

Oakland is always ready to go, yet during the pandemic, he was content with staying home and quarantining when necessary. With the recent changes in COVID-19 protocols, we have been able to get out and socialize more. Oakland loves to meet and greet people and dogs, and he's been very excited to get pats and playtime again.

I can't imagine living without a service dog and all the help he provides. Thank you Canine Companions breeder caretakers, puppy raisers, trainers, graduate support staff, and administrators for all you do to make our lives better.

-John and Oakland IV

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