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
Anna Evans 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.
Karen Kozlowski Graham has worked with deaf and hard of hearing people for 4 decades as a social worker, interpreter and advocate. She started and ran a psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults who are deaf and mentally ill through Thresholds, Inc. She also started and co-owned a sign language interpreter business in Seattle for 15 years. She currently manages a business with her husband that provides captioning services to deaf and hard of hearing people all over the world. Karen has always had at least a couple of rescue dogs in her life. She currently has two, one that she's had in obedience training for the past three years. She is passionate about communication access and dogs!
Dr. Marilyn Dyre, Ph.D.
Marilyn Dyre has worked as a psychotherapist and counselor for over 40 years, with 20+ years in the field of Mental Health and Deafness. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, M.S. from Columbia University, and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Marilyn has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings in Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago. For the past 25 years she has had a private practice in Crystal Lake, IL until her retirement in June 2018. Marilyn's family of rescue animals includes a Greyhound, Kimmie; 3 cats - India, Pippa, and Tia; and an American Saddlebred horse, Mandala Dancer (Lil' Man.) She is eagerly looking forward to her involvement with the Dogs On the Go Board of Directors.