DogFest New England 2023 supporting Canine Companions®
DogFest New England 2023

About DogFest New England 2023

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

This year Canine Companions Northeast Region is happy to announce we will be partnering with the Worcester Red Sox for their annual Halloween event! We will be combining both our annual events, Dogfest New England and Trick-or-Treat at Polar Park, to have a spectacular single event, Howl O'Ween! Join us October 28 from 2:00PM to 7:00PM at Polar Park!

For more general information on the activities the WooSox will offer you can click here!

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. Registration is free. Fundraising is encouraged. There are sponsorship 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!

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.

Day of Event Schedule:  

2:00pm – Doors Open

2:30pm – Walk Around Warning Track

3:00pm – Halloween Costume Contest

3:30pm – Costume Contest Winner and Raffle Winners Announced

4:30pm – Movie- Casper to be shown

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

Canine Companions' Impact Since 1975

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Starts at:  October 28, 2023 1:00 PM
Ends at:  October 28, 2023 6:00 PM


Polar Park
100 Madison Street
Worcester,MA 01608 USA


Location of Activites

We are so excited to see you on Oct. 28th, please see the map to locate the various activity stations being offered!

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 7,000 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

  • ​457 active graduates 
  • 220 active puppy raisers 

Stories of Independence

Check back to read about some of our amazing graduates!

Thank you for your support!