Thanks to All for the best DogFest yet!
Go to Highlights for pictures of the day.

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Our 5th Annual Event will again be at

WESTVALE PARK, 235 Harrington Avenue,Westwood, NJ
(click here for directions)


Sunday, August 25th 
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Presented by Open Doors an Amazing Grace Foundation
Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue
Community Life our Media Sponsor
Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine "Cookie" Stefanovich

Benefitting Animal Rescue
Still Free Admission!


The ever popular "Musical Sits" will be back
 Along with "My Amazing Dog!" 
Bring on those doggie dudes and divas to strut their stuff
All new games with even more chances to win!
Registration is free - Come see what prizes you and your dog can win!

* Food, Games, K9 demo's, 50/50's  

* Dogs on 6-ft leashes welcome

* Adoptable Pets, Vendors

* Guest speakers

* Lots of family fun!

* Benefits Animal Rescue

Meet the Bergen County Police Dept. K-9 Unit
The brave human/canine teams that have been helping to keep Bergen County safe for over 38 years.

Talk to the Bergen County Animal Rescue Team

Bergen County leaves no pets behind!  Find out what you can do to keep your pet safe in an emergency.
CGC Testing Available
AKC's Canine Good Citizens certifies that your dog is well trained and that you are a responsible pet owner.
CGC certification is rewarded by many major insurance companies today and has been acknowledged by resolution in 34 states.  Learn more by clicking here.

Testing and certification is $15
Please preregister by contacting Amanda Berk at 201-674-8337 or

Stop by the Open Doors tent to take a chance on some prizes.  Just a dollar a ticket.  You can win:

$20 gift card for The Blue Moon
$15 gift card for Westwood Pets
 Gift basket from Westwood Pets
Gourmet Coffee basket
Gift card for WATCH OUT
Vocal lesson from Jennifer Cece
Pro Plan basket

Open Doors founders Ruth and Hugo Tschudin and the reason behind Dogfest - Jessie!
 Open Doors founders Ruth and Hugo Tschudin and the reason behind Dogfest -

It's our 5th annual Dogfest, a
 fabulous day of fun for families with dogs, and a unique opportunity for adoptable pets to find their way into the hearts and homes of people who will love and appreciate them. 

We're once again at the newly-renovated park in Westwood that connects with Brookside, a popular county park, via a marvelous paved walkway through the cool, shady forest. The Brookside part has tennis courts, ball fields, pavilions, a playground, and a lovely lake.

Westvale Park has ballfields, a playground, and a set of doggy playgrounds, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. 

Everything else remains the same: Guest speakers, adoptable dogs, great vendors and our fun 'n' games for the visiting dogs. 
And some very special guests! 

Ruth, Hugo and Jessie, who now live in West Palm Beach, FL, and have this message for all dog lovers: Don't miss this year's Dogfest! Your support and good will mean the world to all of us, both two- and four-legged!!


Greetings from Jessie!

Jessie is Open Doors' poster girl. She is the inspiration behind both Dogfest and Pets & Heroes. She's slowing down now (an octogenarian in people years), and is retiring in West Palm Beach, FL. She will continue to visit nursing homes there and finally do the sequel to her book. 

Click here
 to read about the book she wrote, "Bark Up the Right Tree, Lessons from a Rescued Dog." Order on Amazon for $12.95 or get an amazing bargain--just $5 at Dogfest.  


Highlights of the Day!
50/50's All Day

Win prizes!  Sign up for contests at the Open Doors tent.

Musical Sits
- Round and round you go.  Last dog to sit when the music stops goes.  The remaining dog wins!

Most Appropriate Name - What's in a name?  Actually a lot!  Does your pet have the perfect name?  This is the contest for you!

One of a Kind! - Slight underbite? big jowls?  We are looking for the truly unique.  Do you have the most unusual dog at Dogfest?

Best Kisser - This one goes without saying.  The biggest, wettest kiss wins!

Dudes and Divas - Can your dog strut their stuff?  We are looking for the pair who can walk the walk.

My Amazing Dog!
- Does your dog know a really cool trick?  Share it with us and see if you can win the Amazing dog competition.

Reverse Limbo
- Every Limbo boy and Limbo girl jump across the limbo pole.  In a new twist we are going to see just how high you can go.

Canine Look-alikes - They say couples who have been married a long time start to look alike.  We want pets and people who look alike in this contest.

Canine Idol - Can your canine rock the house?  For a howling good time bring us those pups who are hitting the high notes!

Check Highlights of the Day

Nikita now in 2013
Meet Nikita...
Rob and Nancy Good of Westwood are often stopped by people who want to know where they got such a beautiful, sweet dog.  They are  proud to announce: Dogfest.
Nikita used to be Pearl.  A dog, abandoned by her owner, in a high kill gassing facility.  One of our wonderful rescue groups brought her to NJ for a second chance at life.

Nikita/Pearl in 2012

Rob and Nancy saw her watching the crowds, searching for that one special family, and fell instantly in love.  Many would think that Pearl is the lucky one but Rob and Nancy would disagree.  Not only did they adopt the sweetest, most wonderful dog but they have also met so many nice people who stop to admire the beautiful Nikita.  Rob and Nancy shared with us that "We feel so blessed that she has come into our lives."

Look who's coming to DogFest this year...

from Almost Home Dog Rescue

Mitch from A Pathway to Hope

Jocelyn from The Last Resort Rescue

Come Meet Karen Talbot LaSasso

Founder of  Animal Aid USA and Organizer of the Amazing Grace Caravan that was recently shared on the TV News and Ricki Lake show, star of documentary Take Me Home.

Karen and her crew will be back for Dogfest 2013 to share their inspiring story.

In Memorium:

John R. McCann - July 23, 2013

Animal rescue has lost a great supporter with the passing of John McCann.  He was a man who lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration to his family.

Thank you for your interest.  Registration for DogFest 2013 is closed.

Sorry, Registration is closed.

Questions? Call Julie at 201-358-6163 or email

Be listed in our program and on our site, and most of all, make a difference for homeless pets. All donations will be used to support area rescue groups. 

Make your pet a sponsor, too!
For a minimun donation of $20 your entire family can sponsor, including your beloved pets, past and present.

Click on the following button

for a sponsorship in memory or honor of your pet(s). Be sure to add a note telling us how we should list you on our Sponsor tab above

If you'd like to contact us about your donation, please email us at

Donors all, thank you very much for your generosity.