We enrich the lives of Veterans by creating a Super Bond® with custom trained working animals.
+ We serve Chicago and the surrounding collar counties, including DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
Pets for Vets Chicagoland is a local chapter of the national organization, Pets for Vets, and is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America's veterans who could benefit from having a companion animal. The Pets for Vets Chicagoland Chapter serves veterans in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will Counties.
Roger Rosenquist - Chapter Director
Ray Valadez - Events and Fundraising Manager
Rachel Fein - Trainer
Carla Wagner - Trainer
Deb Plowman - Trainer
Brandi Calvert - Trainer
Jamie Merlo - Trainer
Kimm Hunt - Trainer
Ali Phillips - Trainer
Our last match for 2019 was on December 21st. Pets For Vets trainer, Montana Hayes completed the match with U.S. Army Veteran, LaDena Ingram after first meeting...Read Story
While serving with the U.S. Marine Corps from July 1973 to June of 1975, Lance Corporal Thomas Manley was deployed to both Vietnam and Cambodia where he assiste...Read Story
Meet John and Blue — The first match in Chicagoland!Read Story
May 4, 2016
Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric explores a new way of treating veterans with PTSD using shelter dogs.
A huge thank you to our sponsors! Without your support our chapter wouldn't be possible.
Pets for Vets is thrilled to serve Veterans in your area. If you would like to become a supporter of Pets for Vets Chicagoland and for your organization’s name, logo, seal, or information to appear on this page, please contact
Thank you Another Wild Goose Chase for your donation and being a multi-year sponsor of Pets For Vets-Chicagoland and sharing your dog training expertise with us. In particular we are grateful for having some of your dog trainers and handlers support our organization.www.wildgoosechasers.com
Thank you to the students, staff and community of Hubble Middle School for your generous donation and becoming a sponsor for 2023! Your support is truly appreciated and we look forward to growing our relationship.www.cusd200.org/hubble
We are thankful for our partnership with this organization and their willingness to be a sponsor. We are also grateful to be included as a participant in their annual Luncheon and Expo event. Their mission "to assure Veterans are not forgotten" is one we can totally support.https://combinedveterans.org/
"You would think that a dog is just a dog. That may be true for some, but not me.I used to sit at home, alone, and just let life pass me by, but now I have a reason to get up. Even if it’s feeding Samson, or taking him for walks, he has motivated me to live again."
"He’s more than just a friend. He’s my battle buddy. He’s my left hand. We’re connected by a leash, but it’s really our umbilical cord. He’s sometimes more tuned into me than I’m tuned into me. He knows more about me than I do sometimes. He lets me know what’s going on."