DogFest Orlando supports local service dogs, raises money for mission

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando community supported service dogs and a local organization at a fundraising event in Winter Park.


DogFest launched nationwide ten years ago to educate the community and raise money.

Representatives said they raised over $85,000 at Saturday’s event.

Canine Companions, who hosted the event, provides trained service dogs to those with disabilities for free.

Photos: DogFest Orlando honors service dogs in the community, raises money

9 Family Connection was also a sponsor of DogFest Orlando, and Channel 9 Sports Anchor Alex Walker emceed the event.

The top fundraising team was STEP @ UCF, a group at the University of Central Florida where students raise service dogs in training. STEP has raised more than 50 dogs for the organization.

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The funds will help adults, children and veterans with disabilities.

The organization relies on donations and support from the community to operate.

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Canine Companions has placed more than 7,500 dogs since 1975.

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