SAN DIEGO–Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego, the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence.
Grab a leash and join dog owners in NTC Park at Liberty Station for lots of fun and family-friendly activities as they raise money to provide highly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities. In its inaugural year in 2014, DogFest San Diego was the canine event in the country.
San DiegoDogFest Walk ‘n Roll will include a scenic, fully accessible, 1.2 mile dog walk followed by a celebration with live music, lots of holiday shopping opportunities at dozens of vendor booths and activities for the whole family and their dogs. Contests will include Ugliest Sweater on Owner and Dog, Best Holiday Dog Costume, Smallest and Biggest Dogs, Best K-9 Kisser and Best Dog Trick.
Canine Companions for Independence, which has its Southwest Regional Training Center in Oceanside, is a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge. Through Canine Companions for Independence, adults, children and veterans with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, autism, amputations and deafness are served. Also served by Canine Companions are professionals in facilities that assist children, adults and veterans in their recovery.
Canine Companions assistance dogs are trained in up to 40 commands designed to make everyday life easier for adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. They open and close doors, retrieve dropped objects, activate light switches and alert their human partners to important sounds such as smoke detectors and doorbells. The dogs are provided free of charge, though costs exceed $45,000 to breed, raise, train, and provide ongoing support.
The November 14 event will be held at NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road in San Diego.
The public is invited to participate in the free event. Participants can register for the event in advance as an individual, or as part of a team, and create fundraising pages, raise money, and earn incentive prizes.
For more information, visit www.cci.org/dogfestsandiego