Wag your tails: Canine Companions DogFest is coming to Reston

The event raises money for Canine Companions for Independence and will bring family-friendly fun to Reston Town Center.

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Time to take the dog for a walk, but this time, it’s for a good cause.

Canine Companions DogFest in Reston is ready to welcome the community for a 1-mile walk around the shops at Reston Town Center on Sept. 22, followed by a celebration of dog-friendly vendor booths, children’s activity stations and a dog agility course.

Participants are encouraged to become a “Top Dog” (team captain) prior to the event by inviting friends, family members and co-workers to join and raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence, the leading provider of assistance dogs in the United States.

The Santa Rosa, California-based nonprofit hosts DogFest events across the country to  raise money for the training programs and to help find permanent homes for service dogs, hearing dogs, facility dogs, skilled companions and assistance dogs for veterans. Currently there are over 400 people on a waiting list to receive a trained dog through the organization.

The event will feature training demonstrations, live music, food and drinks and more, with most yet to be announced. Be sure to stay tuned to Facebook for further updates.

Any participant that registers and raises more than $250 for the organization within two weeks of the event will receive a special DogFest gift. Register your team here and be sure to wag your tails all the way home. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free

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