Our mission is to provide affordable assistance dogs to persons with physical and mental health disabilities. Our dogs are rescues from local partnering animal shelters. Occasionally we also have a suitable dog donated by a private individual or breeder.
Dogs on the Go Assistance Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit assistance dog organization founded in McHenry County Illinois in 2016 by three locals: A veterinarian, a social worker, and a counselor; two of whom are former professional assistance dog trainers. All of the dogs in Dogs on the Go Assistance Dogs are rescues from local partnering animal shelters. It was founded on the principle that people with physical and mental health disabilities deserve to have access to assistance dogs regardless of their socio-economic status. We are funded entirely through donations and grants and do not receive government funding.
Our Board Members
President, Anna Evans, LCPC, CADC
Anna began a life-long passion for training dogs at the age of 12. She has worked with a wide variety of breeds and All American dogs for obedience, herding, agility, K9 nosework, and barn hunt. Employment as a veterinary technician and an assistant for persons with visual disabilities led her to become a professional dog trainer for one of the oldest Hearing Dog programs in the country. That position not only involved assessing and training hundreds of dogs, but also working intensively with the deaf community, coordinating volunteers, providing community education on Hearing Dogs, and giving extensive media interviews. Later, Anna moved into the field of social services, serving as a coordinator of volunteers for other non-profit organizations. She earned Master’s Degrees in both counseling and teaching from Arizona State University. Her work within mental health programs includes years of both clinical and supervisory experience. With a deep regard for the human-animal bond and a firm belief that people - regardless of socio-economic status - deserve access to service dogs, Anna founded Dogs On the Go Assistance Dogs in 2016. She is loved and owned by rescued Chihuahua mix Dash, Silken Windhound Sabreena, Silken Windhound Rhys, and rescued Rat Terrier Devon, who also serves as the Dogs On the Go demo dog. Anna and Rhys (pictured) are a registered therapy dog team!
Dr. Liv Kismartoni
Dr. Liv earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Veterinary School in 2010.
As a former professional dog trainer, and competitor in dog sports, she followed her passion and earned certifications in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute, physical rehabilitation (similar to physical therapy for humans), and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (animal chiropractic). She also serves in the Air Force Reserves.
She uses her certifications to help integrate other ways of practicing medicine, alongside conventional medicine. She has a strong core in internal medicine, behavior, dermatology, preventative medicine and chronic disease management. As a physical rehabilitation doctor, she uses therapeutic exercises, underwater treadmill, massage and laser therapy, as well as acupuncture and chiropractic treatment to help dogs and cats with musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases. These range from recovering from surgical procedures, to helping with weight management and arthritis. She also successfully manages internal medicine diseases, such as kidney disease, with integrative medicine. Working and sporting dog owners seek Dr. Liv out to help keep their dogs in top performance levels.
Dr. Liv is active in the community and works very closely with responsible Doberman breeders.
Dawn founded the International Street Dog Foundation in 2011. Over
the years, Dawn has traveled extensively (to over 100 countries) and witnessed thousands of injured and malnourished street dogs
in need. In most cases local adoption is not feasible as the street dogs are typically not deemed "pet worthy". The scale of suffering was too much to even comprehend at times and when she researched foundations working in those countries to help the dogs she found very few who that provide assistance to dogs in need. After a fated meeting with John and Gil Dailey, the Founders of the Soi Dog Foundation, she decided she had to do something no matter how small to help and she filed for 501(c)3 status in the United States and the International Street Dog Foundation was born. Dawn has been working ever since to help street dogs with nowhere to turn through medical assistance, sterilization, raising awareness, and re-homing urgent cases into the US. When asked why Dawn chooses to spend her time and money helping international rescues vs dedicating her time to dogs located in the US - the answer is simple "They need me the most!". Dawn is a licensed Humane Investigator by the IL Department of Agriculture.
Dawn is also a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and New York. Dawn currently lives with Macha (a tripod rescue from the Soi Dog Foundation) and any ISDF rescues currently waiting for their forever homes.