EDISON, NJ - The annual Canine Companions for Independence DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at Roosevelt Park in Edison on Oct. 1 attracted hundreds of participants who enjoyed pet-friendly family activities, including food, raffles, games, a costume contest and canine agility course.
The national signature fundraising event raised over $15,000, which will allow the organization to continue providing highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities at no cost.
"Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Canine Companions for Independence. It was such a great day, and everyone who participated really enjoyed themselves," said CCI Northeast Region Executive Director Debra Dougherty. "We'd like to give a special thank you to our sponsors Bearfoot Wine, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Animal House-Total Pet Care, and MedExpress Urgent Care. All their generosity and support is greatly appreciated. Because of everyone's hard work and dedication, we are able to continue to provide highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities at no cost. See you next year."
Some of the teams who raised funds included the Jersey Dog, who raised over $1,240, Rutgers Rocks who raised over $700, Team Kim and Gretel, who raised over $800, and Team Gemini IV and Julian who raised nearly $750.