America’s VetDogs Hosts Virtual 6th Annual Run & Dog Walk

Virtual race helps fund training and matching of service dogs to disabled veterans and first responders.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Smithtown, NY (July 17, 2020): America’s VetDogs, a Long Island-based not-for-profit that provides specially trained guide and service dogs to disabled veterans, is excited to host its virtual 6th Annual 5K Run and Dog Walk. Registration is now open for the two-week event beginning Saturday, July 25, and running through August 8, 2020.

As the world is dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19, it was decided that this year’s event would go virtual to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Despite the pandemic, America’s VetDogs remains focused on training and providing assistance dogs to servicemen and women who are living with disabilities. The participation fee is $20, with the option to pay an additional $15 for a “runners stay strong swag bag” that includes a shirt, bib and bracelet. All registrants will receive a confirmation message with a phone downloadable app that will track mileage and are encouraged to share their run/walk on social using the hashtags #Irunforvetdogs and #Iwalkforvetdogs.

The event is sponsored by D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.; Eileen Daly-Sapraicone, Esq., board member for the Museum of American Armor; and the Michael W. McCarthy Foundation.

It costs more than $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of VetDogs’ services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs. To learn more or to register for the race, visit

Media RSVP: Andrew Rubenstein, (631) 335-4124,

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 and serves clients from across the United States. 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. America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

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