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!
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
Katie’s mom says, “When you live in a world that wasn’t built for you, having a partner by your side makes everything a whole lot easier.” This couldn’t be more true for Team Katie and Pluto.
Katie attended team training at the Miller Family Campus in October 2021 and was matched with service dog Pluto. They have been a dynamic duo from day one. For those who know Katie well, there has been a distinct change in her level of confidence and community engagement since Pluto and Katie became a team. Going to family holiday parties and engaging in the community through local outings to shops and the library are now a more positive social experience for Katie. Katie’s mom says, “One of our favorite things to do together is to walk to the local coffee shop. About twenty minutes from our home, a walk to this brewhouse means more than just a fresh cup of java.” She continues, “Katie and Pluto are well known by all of the local proprietors, and Pluto provides Katie the confidence to socialize with each. Pluto has given Katie the chance to spread her wings.”
Pluto’s support has gone beyond the day-to-day. During a recent hospital stay, Pluto was Katie’s favorite visitor. Flowers and balloons only offered so much comfort, but Pluto never failed to bring a smile to her face…as well as smiles to her medical staff and fellow patients!
As Katie says, “Pluto is the best friend. Whether it’s visiting me at the hospital or stressful situations like parties, holidays, and restaurants, he is always there for me. He’s also a great companion in the community. With Pluto at my side, people are just kinder to me. I can’t imagine life without him.”
Katie’s mom says, “As a family, we are so grateful for the support, love, and training we have received from the entire Canine Companions family. Pluto is our family’s newest member, but we already cannot imagine our life without him!”
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 WooSox are proud to be a Man's Best Friend Sponsor for the second year in a row at DogFest New England. They are generously donating the use of Polar Park for the event to reduce costs and ensure that money raised goes toward the mission of providing expertly trained service dogs with the individuals that need them completely free of charge.
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