What is DogFest?

DogFest is coming to a community near you, so grab your leash and get ready to have a tail-waggin' good time!

Canine Companions® DogFest is a national family- and dog-friendly event. We celebrate our love of dogs and the bonds we share, while raising money and encouraging volunteers to support the mission and educate the public about our life-changing work of providing expertly trained service dogs to people with disabilities free of charge.

Check out the events happening in a community near you and get signed up!

Before the event

  • Find a DogFest near you and register - it’s easy and free to participate!
  • Become a "Top Dog" (team captain) and put together a team of friends and coworkers.
  • Fundraise prior to the event, and then celebrate our four-legged friends at DogFest.

Make a difference

Celebrate the community of people and dogs that make it possible for Canine Companions to show that the most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart. Since 1975, over 6800 dogs have been placed with those who need them. Currently there are over 400 people waiting to receive a dog. Help make more placements possible by supporting DogFest and give a dog a job. So bring your family, friends and pet dogs for a fun day while supporting a great cause!

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs. The organization is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. Learn more...