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 

Meet Team Shea and Pierre

Shea and Pierre II found each other through Canine Companions in May of 2015. It was pre-match day at team training, when the human students would be pre-matched with Canine Companions service dogs carefully selected by the trainers to fit everyone's needs and personalities. One by one, the recipients approached when summoned and accepted a dog's leash, and returned to their seats a moment later.

Shea still had yet to be called. Then last to be called, came Pierre II.

Shea looked at him, he looked back and started to wiggle his shoulders, and their love story began. They had never worked together - not even once in the trial periods before this time. Now Shea cries with happiness when so much as speaking one sentence about him (seriously, try bringing up the subject.) Together, they have brought joy to so many. Pierre rolls over on his back to receive pets from Shea's college classmates. The two graduated together from UVA, with Pierre wearing a matching graduation outfit and hat. As one unstoppable unit, they inspire and address audiences all over the country.

Pierre has risen beyond his duties of picking things up and opening drawers, to being their to comfort Shea through the pains of not only Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II, but also the sudden loss of Shea's older brother and the scariness of navigating a sometimes unforgiving world. Pierre never lets Shea face it alone.

Raised by the amazing Jennifer Pottheiser, Pierre is Shea's second Canine Companions service dog, following her first, Mercer. The pair, forever side by side, live happily ever after.

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.

Want to see your company spotlighted? Click here for more information about becoming a sponsor!

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors