Thanks to you, we are celebrating a very successful DogFest Texas 2022! Thanks to our generous sponsors, supporters and fundraisers, we raised more than $230,000 to support the Canine Companions mission. Not to mention, the day was filled with tons of fun, complete with music, games, contests and plenty of adorable dogs. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event or supported us from afar.
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 South Central Region
Callie with Service Dog Gucci
Like many five-year-old girls, Callie loves dancing, barbie dolls, shopping, makeovers and Disney princesses. Unlike many of her peers, Callie is diagnosed with holoprosencephaly and cerebral palsy, affecting her mobility and often making daily tasks a challenge. Now matched with Canine Companions Service Dog Gucci, Callie’s life is forever changed.
“Callie wants so badly to be independent and to do things by herself. She doesn't like to ask for help and just wants to be like other kids,” says Callie’s mom, Andrea. “Having Gucci help with some of her daily tasks gives Callie more of that independence that she so desperately desires.”
Gucci is expertly trained in more than 45 commands to assist Callie with things such as retrieving items she drops or tugging her jacket off, tasks she cannot do independently. Instead of relying solely on her parents, she has a furry friend by her side to help with anything she needs.
In addition to the physical help, Gucci has broken down barriers for Callie.
“We have loved seeing how confident Gucci has made Callie,” shares Andrea. “When we go places, Callie has the biggest smile on her face. She's no longer just the girl in the wheelchair, but she's the girl with the cute dog.”
Matches like Callie and Gucci are made possible thanks to supporters like you.
Andrea says, “We are so very thankful for Canine Companions and all of the amazing people that have made a huge impact not only in our lives but in the lives of so many.
Check back to learn about our generous DogFest sponsors.