Chicagoland, IL

Pets For Vets Chicagoland


We enrich the lives of Veterans by creating a Super Bond® with custom trained working animals.

Chicagoland Chapter is a
Nonprofit Organization

+ We serve Chicago and the surrounding collar counties, including DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

About Our Chapter

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.

Our staff
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

Matches From Chicagoland
IL Chapter

LaDena and Marley

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...

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Thomas and Rocky

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...

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John and Blue

Meet John and Blue — The first match in Chicagoland!

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How shelter dogs are helping U.S. veterans battle PTSD

May 4, 2016
Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric explores a new way of treating veterans with PTSD using shelter dogs.

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Pets for Vets: Pairing Veterans and Rescue Pets for one Amazing Bond
This Veterans Day, we recognize one organization that does incredible work by bringing veterans and rescue pets together. Pets for Vets has grown to include over 30 chapters across the US and continues to grow. Here is our Q&A with the Founder of Pets for Vets, Clarissa Black.
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2021 Combined Veterans Luncheon & Expo
August 7, 2021. Berwyn - Proska Park

We will be attending the event with a table.
Please stop by and visit to learn more about us.
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Bikram Yoga Studio Fundraiser
Memorial Day Weekend, from May 26th through May 28th, 2018, the Bikram Yoga Studio in Rolling Meadows will be hosting a donation drive to raise funds for Pets for Vets Chicagoland. All money received on those days will go directly to Pets for Vets Chicagoland. If you’ve wanted to learn more about the benefits of “hot yoga”, now is your chance! You can check our class times, join a class, honor our veterans, and feel good inside and out! More information is available on Bikram's Yoga site.
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Chicago Red Stars "Bark in the Park"
On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Pets for Vets Chicagoland partnered with the Hinsdale Humane Society to participate in the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Team “Bark in the Park” event at Toyota Park located in Bridgeview Illinois. You and your dog are both invited to enjoy a pre-game Pet Fun Fest, receive a pup friendly gift, and stay on to watch the Chicago Red Stars face off against the Washington Spirit for an exciting National Women’s Soccer League game! A portion of each ticket purchased through our sponsored website will be donated by the Red Stars to our organization.
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Reagan's 7th Birthday
Reagan mastered the unselfish act of generosity to others at a very young age. He comes from a family with a strong military background and wanted his seventh birthday money and gifts to benefit a local organization that worked with both Veterans and dogs. Reagan asked his party guests to donate to Pets for Vets Chicagoland instead of giving him presents. We are honored that Reagan chose to support Pets for Vets Chicagoland and appreciate the support from Reagan and his guests, who raised an impressive sum that will go a long way towards a Veteran-pet match.
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Blum Animal Hospital
Blum Animal Hospital, located in the Lakeview neighborhood, held an item drive for Pets for Vets Chicagoland. Our car was packed to the brim with items, and we were incredibly grateful to the staff and customers for their generosity!
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Pet Grooming by Amy Fundraiser
For two days in 2012, Amy Painter, the owner of Pet Grooming by Amy in Kansasville, WI, turned her business upside down for a dog wash fundraiser.  She invited her loyal clients and friends to bring their pets and support Pets for Vets Chicagoland. Through her hard work (along with the hard work of everyone involved), they were able to raise $400!
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A huge thank you to our sponsors! Without your support our chapter wouldn't be possible.

Support Pets for Vets Chicagoland

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.

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.

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.

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