DogFest Walk ‘n Roll to help service dog nonprofit
EDWARDS — Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Vail Valley in Edwards, the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence. The community is invited to grab a leash and join the nonprofit on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freedom Park in Edwards for lots of fun and family-friendly activities as Canine Companions for Independence raises money to provide highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
Canine Companions for Independence provides assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities — such as spinal cord injuries, autism, amputations and deafness — completely free of charge. The canine companions also serve 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.
Scores of volunteers and supporters have already created teams to raise money for the event. DogFest will include a scenic walk followed by a celebration with activities that include food, games (for humans and dogs), information and canine first aid demos. The event is free for the whole family and their dogs.
Participants do have the opportunity to 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. The Canine Companions for Independence Vail Valley chapter has set a goal of $150,000 for the event and is already more than halfway there. A private donor has even pledged a $25,000 matching grant as part of the fundraising.
For more information, to donate or to register, see cci.org/dogfestvail.