Canine Companions host DogFest Walk ‘n Roll


Gillian Marton

Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that aims to better the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with trained service dogs. Being the largest non-profit provider for assistance dogs, Canine Companions maintains a meticulous course of action to ensure that each dog is highly trained, making them suitable to assist and form a lasting relationship with their owner.

The organization is hosting a DogFest Walk ‘n Roll event, a community dog walk, at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida on February 20, to raise money and promote the use of service dogs in order to positively reconstruct the lives of those with disabilities. Other DogFest Walk ‘n Roll events in Florida will take place in Orlando, Jacksonville, Panama City, and Tampa.

Starting with a meaningful ceremony, the event will include games for children as well as adults and dogs, a bathing station for dogs, a kids area, food, opportunities to shop, and an array of different activities.

In addition to supportive community members participating in the event, the Parkland Juniorettes have created a team to raise money and support Canine Companions.

“I think canine companions reached out to the Juniorettes because they wanted the support of young girls, dedicated to helping, and serving their community”, said junior and co president of the Parkland Juniorettes Alyssa Ramsarran.

The Fort Lauderdale dog walking event hopes to raise a total of $40,000 to encourage walkers and fund the organization. Making donations is very convenient as it can be done online, in addition to creating a team to walk at DogFest.

The goal of Canine Companions is to accommodate people with disabilities with satisfactory service dogs capable of establishing meaningful relationships and paving a bright future for their owner. The DogFest Walk ‘n Roll event will promote these ideals through a series of stimulating activities and demonstrations.

To register a walker or team, please visit