Washington, DC

About Our Chapter

This chapter serves Veterans in the District of Columbia and neighboring suburbs of Northern Virginia.


Meet Chapter Director Laura Peters

As the daughter of a Navy Officer and Vietnam Veteran, Laura frequently relocated as a child but the DC Metro area has been her home since 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration and Policy from Ohio State University and went into the healthcare field. The major highlight of her 25+ year career in healthcare administration was leading the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Center at the National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center).

Working at the National Naval Medical Center during the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and seeing her military comrades’ unwavering courage and extraordinary response forever changed Laura. While she did not serve in the military, Laura feels so much respect and gratitude for our men and women in uniform and supports several military and Veteran-focused organizations such as AmVets; Purple Heart; Team Red, White & Blue; USO-Metro; VVA; and WWF.

Laura has had dogs all her life and firmly believes in the physical and emotional healing that the bond between humans and their animals can provide. She is currently a volunteer and foster with her local animal shelter and supports several animal welfare groups including ASPCA and HSUS.

Laura jumped at the chance to organize and lead Pets for Vets Washington DC Metro Area, and to put her experience, deep respect for our nation’s Veterans and love of animals to good use. Along with her wonderful team of trainers and volunteers who share her passion and commitment, she looks forward to saving the lives of shelter animals and giving back to those who have given so much in service to our country.

Meet the Training Team
At Pets for Vets Washington DC Metro Area, we take pride in the expertise of our professional trainers. Meet them below!


Toni Woods
Toni studied Animal Sciences in graduate school and volunteered with a local veterinarian for eight years while teaching high school Biology. During this time, she organized a volunteer community service group with her students at the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). It was then that Toni learned that behavior problems are the number one reason dogs are euthanized and decided to take action by becoming an Animal Behavior College certified trainer.

In 2007, Toni founded Anytime K9, a company that provides dog training and pet sitting and walking services in the District of Columbia. She has worked tirelessly to build Anytime K9 to help educate families and their pets to prevent further loss of life.

Toni is the proud parent of two chocolate labs, Riley and Sina, and is featured in the Pets for Vets "Saving Two Lives" video, which describes exactly how our program works.



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