DogFest Washington DC 2022 Supporting Canine Companions
DogFest Washington DC 2022

About DogFest Washington DC 2022

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 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 or participate virtually as we celebrate the joy dogs bring to our lives. Registration is free, but 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 Washington DC, 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!

This year, DogFest Washington DC will be in a new location within Reston Town Center. Join us at Reston Town Square Park on Market Street, between St. Francis Street and Explorer Street!

Take the fitness challenge! Is your best friend "hounding" you to get off the couch? Ten get out and get moving with your furry friend and benefit DogFest Washington DC and Canine Companions. You can run, walk, roll, or jog in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, trail, or track. Participate at your own pace! Be sure to ask friends and family to donate for each mile you successfully complete! Remember to take plenty of photos and videos and share them to our Facebook page with the hashtags #caninedogfest and #dogfestwashingtondc. Log those miles on your participant page and watch the thermometer rise!

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!

Date

Starts at:  September 24, 2022 10:00 AM
Ends at:  September 24, 2022 2:00 PM

Location

Reston Town Square Park
11900 Market Street
Reston,VA 20190 USA

Contact

AnnaMaria Jacobson
1-631-561-0237

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

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 
  • 205 active puppy raisers 

Stories of Independence: Meet Team Emmanuel and Hogan

With the world pandemic in full effect, I would have never thought in September 2020 I would meet my new best friend. It all started a Team Training. After doing a lot of bookwork and practicing with the carpet dog, it was time for pre-matches. Pre-matches give the trainers time to watch you interact with your possible new partner.

Although we may have been in the pre-match stage, it was an instant connection between us. Hogan is the most patient dog I have ever seen. This is my first service dog, and my life has changed tremendously. Being a person that works full time and is fully active in the community, I really needed a service dog to increase my level of independence. Hogan is always there when I need him. With a command, Hogan can pick up my cell phone, credit card, pill bottle, and many other things. To know that when we are in the community and after I drop these things Hogan is there to pick them up is a big relief. Hogan also helps me be more independent by opening and closing doors. These are only some of the ways Hogan supports me.

But beyond all the commands that Hogan is able to do, it is more about the relationship that we have. It goes way beyond the command. It is really about the security that we both have when we are in the community. People often tell me your dog is handsome, and I reply, yes, he is. We both are :) As someone that works in public relations for people with disabilities and their families, cameras and TV stations are always around. It gives me great joy to know that people get to watch me be more independent because of my hero. Hogan is truly my silver lining to this pandemic.

Meet our Emcees: Michael Carrasquillo and Service Dog Ojai

Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Michael Carrasquillo (USA Ret.) was an airborne infantryman and fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was severely wounded in a firefight in Sept. 2005 during an air assault mission in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was attempting to pull an injured member of his unit to safety when he was hit with a barrage of enemy gunfire. He spent two years recovering at Walter Reed, with more than 40 surgeries. In 2016, Sgt. Carrasquillo was matched with Canine Companions service dog Ojai IV. Ojai is an 8-year-old Labrador Retriever trained to respond to over 40 professional commands, such as opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, and retrieving dropped items. Today, Sgt. Carrasquillo lives in Maryland, and is the host of WTF Nation Radio’s “POP Culture Warrior.” He’s also active in veterans outreach programs such as Wounded Warriors Project, Armed Services Arts Partnership, Mission Continues, Disabled Sports USA, and Team Red, White and Blue. Sgt. Carrasquillo says Ojai continues to be an incredible addition to his life, “He’s everything I didn’t even know I was missing. He’s perfect - It’s like he was made just for me.”  

Sponsor Spotlight

Reston Town Center (RTC) is proud to be a Man's Best Friend Sponsor for DogFest Washington DC. RTC has generously donated space to host DogFest for the past few years and is excited to continue the partnership with Canine Companions. Reston Town Center originated in 1990 and has since expanded to become an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retailers, 35 restaurants, a milti-screen cinema, and the newest addition of the Silver Line Metro. RTC continues to elevate the community's shopping and dining scene, making it a year-round destination.

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Thanks to our Generous Sponsors