About Give a Dog a Job 5K 2023

Take a break from your daily routine and come experience something totally different - the 5th annual Give a Dog a Job 5K!

When you register for our 5K run/walk race, you’re signing up for much more than just a spirited event. You will be running and walking with your furry friends to support a great cause. You’ll be joining the Old Dominion Volunteer Chapter puppy raisers and service dog teams to put more highly trained service dogs into the hands of adults, children, and veterans who need them completely free of charge! 100% of race proceeds go directly to Canine Companions. Come on out and help us GIVE A DOG A JOB!

This is a family and pet-friendly event and we encourage human and pet costumes to make the morning fun! Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed human/dog as well as the top finishers.

The Doggie Dash is for our smaller participants. Children 4-8 years of age will have the opportunity to participate in a 40-yard dash event just for them! Participation is free for this event and one parent is permitted to run with the child.

The 5K starts at 9:00 a.m. at Main Line Brewery, and chip timing is available. Awards will be given to the overall fastest man and woman along with the top finishers by age group. Team Awards are offered for Best Team Costume and the Team which highlights tremendous team passion along the course. 

We hope you join us at Main Line Brewery for the 5th annual 5K! Don't forget to check out our Facebook event page. Invite others to the page and post your own photos and tell people why you are participating.


Starts at:  September 16, 2023 8:00 AM
Ends at:  September 16, 2023 10:30 AM


Main Line Brewery
1603 Ownby Lane
Richmond,VA 23220 USA


Race Director

About Canine Companions

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 registering for or donating to the 5th annual Give a Dog a Job 5K, you support our mission and the people we serve. Thank you.

Sponsor Spotlight - Pet Paradise

"Pet Paradise is built on three core values which are Passion, Community, and Innovation. We believe in being part of our community is an integral part of who we are and why we do what we do. We are passionate about pets and pet parents. We thank you for letting us be apart of this event." ~ Skylar, Pet Paradise

Thank you for your support, Skylar and Pet Paradise. 

Interested in sponsoring the Give A Dog a Job 5K and being spotlighted here? Click for more information

Sponsor Spotlight - In Memory of Geoff

Canine Companions dogs, both graduates and releases, always seem to get placed where they are needed most. Lab mix Geoff was raised in the Old Dominion Chapter by Terri Laundon; when he was released, he was adopted by the Warren family shortly after the dad, Cliff, had received the devastating diagnosis of ALS. 

When Geoff arrived at his new home, he jumped into Cliff’s lap making Cliff smile for the first time in a year! For the next 9 years Geoff was Cliff’s faithful and loving companion, waking him with a face-licking and always lying next to his dad. Geoff brought so much love and comfort to the whole family, especially after Cliff passed in 2021. 

Geoff crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2023 and though we miss him terribly, our hearts are full, knowing they are together again. In memory of #superherogeoff, the Warrens thank Terri and Canine Companions for our very good boy.

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