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.
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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 7,200 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
Mike Wade experienced a spinal cord injury after a car crash in June 2006, just a few months before his 25th birthday. He was able to adapt to his new normal with support from family, friends, and especially his rescue dog Doogie. Being an athlete growing up, adaptive sports also became motivation to embrace this new life. It was through adaptive sports that Mike learned about service dogs and Canine Companions. This started the decision to apply and plan for life after Doog’s.
In August 2017, Mike attended team training at the Miller Family Campus and was matched with Woodruff, an 85-pound lab/golden cross that gets lots of attention for his handsome looks and his great demeanor. He helps Mike by carrying groceries, retrieving dropped items, getting his cell phone when it rings and is out of reach. Woodruff is also trained to pull Mike in his wheelchair among dozens of other skills. They are pretty much inseparable unless Mike is off on his handcycle, but Woodruff is never far.
When Woodruff’s not working, he loves to make new dog friends and play.
They have attended a number of events to fundraise and educate about service dogs and the Canine Companions organization. This team loves to work hard and play hard, this was definitely a perfect match!
For over a decade, Boston 25 Meteorologist Jason Brewer has been an avid supporter of Canine Companions. A Connecticut native, Jason was working for WESH-TV (NBC) in Orlando, Florida when he joined the advisory board for Canine Companions Southeast Region in 2011. Jason volunteered as emcee for DogFest Orlando, and for the Southeast Region’s annual gala Tales & Tails. In 2015, Jason accepted a position with WFXT-TV, Boston 25. Since that time, Jason has joined the advisory board for Canine Companions Northeast Region, attending point-of-entry events, highlighting Canine Companions on Boston 25 News, and sharing our mission on social media.
Jason and his wife have three sons, Wils, Benton, and Witt. They also have a chocolate Labrador Retriever named B.B. (short for Baylor Bear).
When he's not forecasting the weather, Jason loves spending time with his wife, Boston 25's Vanessa Welch, being a dad, skiing, traveling, music, cooking, hiking, and even golfing when his busy schedule allows.
We are so excited to welcome Jason back this year as the emcee for DogFest New England 2022!
The Learning Center for the Deaf is a nationally recognized leader of services for deaf and hard of hearing children, adults, and families. Their services include a Pre-K to 12+ day school, therapeutic residential program for ages 8-22, outpatient audiology clinic for all ages, wraparound behavioral health, interpreting services and communication access for academic, business, and medical settings, and public-school partnership program across Massachusetts. The learning Center for the Deaf has generously donated their interpreting services at DogFest New England, and we are excited to be working together!
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