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, 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.
Julie Gibson, LCSW CADC
Julie has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1996, learning every day that compassion and awareness are two of the most powerful healers around. Since 2013, Julie’s therapist has been a 116-pound Newfoundland named “Bodhi.” Julie is proud to be the Secretary of Dogs On The Go Assistance Dogs.
Karen Kozlowski Graham
Karen 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!