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 service 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, and 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 checkout our Facebook Event Page for the latest on DogFest Tri-States, participate in dog friendly activities, and let people know why you are participating. You can even download this fun sign to 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.
DogFest Tri-States Schedule:
1:00 p.m. - Check In / Registration
1:15 p.m. - Welcome to DogFest and Canine Companions Speakers
1:45 p.m. - Canine Companions Volunteer Puppy Raiser Demonstration
2:15 p.m. - Canine Companions Graduate Demonstration
2:45 p.m. - Empower Yoga
3:15 p.m. - Canine Companions Demonstration
3:30 p.m. - Doggie Costume Contest
4:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks
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 the Northeast Region
Katie, a teacher at Hershey Middle School in Pennsylvania, was matched with Resty in February 2020 after attending Canine Companions Team Training classes at the Northeast Region Training Center in New York. Resty is a three year old Lab-Golden Retriever cross who assists Hershey Middle School students by using over 40 specialized commands. After graduation, Resty was a welcome addition to Katie’s household, especially as the world began to shut down. While Katie was teaching virtually, her four children were also at home attending virtual classes. “Resty's capacity for calm was unwavering and he could sense when he was needed”, says Katie. “He played a major role in the learning that occurred with my children during that time. He also helped keep us sane during a very trying time.”
Since returning to school full-time, Resty plays a vital role with both staff and students at Hershey Middle School. He is so friendly and loves making students and staff feel calm and capable. Staff often seek Resty out to reset when stressed, and Resty and Katie are a neutral party in contentious meetings. Students utilize Resty to avert panic attacks, to feel a sense of calm and comfort while disclosing difficult or traumatic events, for support in the grieving process, and simply for a smile. Katie says, “It’s amazing to witness the emotion and mood changes in people within a single moment of spending time with him.”
Each day Katie and Resty are prepared to meet any student who needs their help. His immediate comfort helps open communications, providing the best support possible. Resty helps to makes students feel worthy of love and respect, and encourages communication, happiness, and lifelong learning; all with eyes that can see into your soul and a tail that is constantly wagging.
Your support of DogFest Tri-States helps Canine Companions to make matches like Katie and Resty possible.
DogFest Tri-States is proud to announce that George Falkowski is returning to be our emcee for the second year in a row! George is a tri-state Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winning broadcast legend. In addition to being a great Lab and Golden lover, George spent many years at News12 New Jersey and Chasing News on My9 and Fox 5 in NYC. In the last year, George has published his first book, “Meet Me at the Bat”, comprised of 31 short stories based on a pile of old Yankees ticket stubs. You check out George's work at www.Yo-GeorgeTV.com. George and his whole family say they're excited about joining us again for DogFest Tri-States!
Stitch This Print That (STPT) is a one stop shop for all of your custom decorated apparel and promotional product needs. Their mission at STPT is to provide quality custom apparel to help keep your company's name in your customer's mind. Located in Bellmore, New York, their team includes talented graphic designers, production specialists, printers, embroiders, customer service personnel, and hands-on owners that care about giving you a product you can be proud of. STPT is generously sponsoring DogFest Tri-States in partnering with Canine Companions Northeast Region to help provide our commemorative t-shirts.
For about 50 years, Ocean County College (OCC) - a public two-year community college located in Central New Jersey - has helped students create the learning experience that meets their goals. OCC leads people to a better life and provides real value in the real world. Students and alumni of the American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program are generously donating their time to attend DogFest Tri-States to help ensure that the event is accessible to all.
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