When Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1975 in Santa Rosa, California, it was the first nonprofit organization established with the mission to train dogs to assist people with physical disabilities other than blindness. Disabilities served include cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, autism and many others. Nowadays Canine Companions has five state-of-the-art assistance dog training centers throughout the country and the work they do is invaluable. One of their biggest fundraisers all year is the DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, which is coming to Southside Park in Sacramento on Saturday, Oct. 1. It’s a family-friendly, dog-friendly, completely accessible dog walk and festival where teams of friends and coworkers raise funds ahead of time and then show up to celebrate our four-legged friends. There will be live music, face painting, speakers, demonstrations, games and more. For more information and to register for free, visit Cci.org/DogFestSacramento.