Long Island Run & Dog Walk Supports Service Dog Program for Veterans with Disabilities 

America’s VetDogs – home of Charlie, TODAY’s “Puppy with a Purpose” - partners with Nassau County to host run and dog walk to fund service dog program for veterans with disabilities

Smithtown, NY (March 1, 2017)—America’s VetDogs®, the Smithtown Long Island-based not-for-profit that provides specially trained guide and service dogs to disabled veterans is excited to host its Third Annual Long Island Run and Dog Walk (LIrace4vets.Vetdogs.org) in partnership with Nassau County and Suez Environnement.  The event takes place at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and The Museum of American Armor on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  Proceeds will benefit the assistance dog programs of America’s VetDogs.

Event guests of honor include VetDogs service dog program graduates and Charlie—NBC’s TODAY “Puppy with a Purpose.”  Veterans and their service dogs will speak about the life-changing difference their service dog has made, and Charlie will be available for photo opportunities and will demonstrate various service dog skills for those in attendance.

“America’s VetDogs is excited to once again partner with Nassau County and Suez Environnement on this event, we not only raise funds to meet our mission, we also raise awareness and recognition within the community,” said Wells Jones, CEO of America’s VetDogs. “The service dog programs of America’s VetDogs were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance.”

Participants can take part in an officially measured 5K or a 2-mile walk at the historical Old Bethpage Village Restoration.  *Dog walk participants must have their dogs leashed.

Event Registration
Registration for veterans and active duty service members is $25, and civilian registration is $30. To register online, please visit LIrace4vets.VetDogs.org. Walk-up registration the day of the event is $35. All pre-registrants will receive a free event t-shirt. 

Virtual Participation
Virtual participation is also available.  By virtually participating, supporters can register for $25, fundraise in their own community, and take on a 5K or dog walk in their hometown.  A VetDogs t-shirt will be provided.  The Virtual Participation option is available in the registration area at LIrace4vets.VetDogs.org.

If posting on social media, please use #LIrace4vets. 

On-site registration the day of the race begins at 7:00 a.m.; the opening program featuring the guests of honor will be at 8:00 am, with the timed race (5K, and 2-mile walk with dogs) beginning at staggered times of 8:15 and 8:30 a.m., respectively.  The post-race awards ceremony will take place at approximately 9:30 a.m.

For further information, please contact Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or at Jaime@VetDogs.org.

About America’s VetDogs® 
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel.  America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  

Be sure to watch Charlie, the “Puppy with a Purpose,” daily on NBC’s TODAY.

America’s VetDogs is only the second assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.