EDISON, NJ - Canine Companions of Independence, the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, will hold its first New Jersey-based DogFest Walk ‘n Roll on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Park in Edison. The DogFest Walk 'n Roll, is aimed at engaging communities in an event that raises money and awareness to support the non-profit Canine Companions and its mission to provide highly-trained service dogs to children and adults with disabilities.

Hundreds of Garden State resident and their four-legged friends are expected to take part in the New Jersey DogFest Walk ‘n Roll will feature activities for humans and their four-legged friends, including an obedience event to test your dog’s skills, an agility course for humans and dogs, a canine Companions assistance dog demonstration, testimonies and culminate with a canine costume contest and parade. There is no fee to register for the event, and participants can make donations to a person or team at cci.org/dogfestnewjersey.

“I’m walking in Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll because I believe in Canine Companions for Independence…” stated Green Brook resident Michael Saverino, who will be participating in the event with his assistance dog, Arikka. ”The impact they make on the lives of people with disabilities is incredible.”

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Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.

The non-profit provides highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Many hospitals and rehabilitation centers that use their dogs as motivational tool while others have been placed in the criminal justice system, giving comfort to children who are victims of sexual abuse and other violent crimes as they give testimony against their tormentors. Additionally, Canine Companions has a very active Wounded Veterans Initiative that places dogs with disabled veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Canine Companions has six training centers across the country, including California, Florida, Ohio, New York and Texas, and, over its 40-year history, has placed nearly 5,000 assistance dogs. There is no charge for the dog, its training and a lifetime of ongoing follow-up services.

For additional information on Canine Companions for Independence, including its programs and services, or to register for the Oct. 11 New Jersey DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, visit at www.cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK. To make a donation for this year’s DogFest, visit cci.org/dogfestnewjersey.