Nassau County event scheduled to benefit service dog charity

July 12, 2017 by  

The date for a Melville-area 5K benefiting America’s VetDogs has been announced for the end of July.

The Third Annual Long Island Run and Dog Walk helps to fund a nonprofit that trains and places assistance dogs with veterans and first responders in need. All fundraisers are important to the group because they require more than $50,000 to breed and train just one dog. The process of breeding, selecting and training a single animal takes approximately 18 months. Veterans are given the dogs free of charge because the organization is supported completely by donations.

America’s VetDogs was established in 2003 and received its certification from the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International in 2013. It was only the second assistance dog training organization in the United States to receive this certification.

The race will take place at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Bethpage. Humans can take part in the 5K race or bring along their leashed dog to join in on a two-mile walk.

Registration begins at 7:00 am on July 29, and the race starts at 8:15 am. Local businesses are invited to contact the organization to become a corporate sponsor for the race, or ask about other ways to fundraise for the nonprofit, such as through advertising via banners, brochures, or other printed means.