Boise, ID

Pets For Vets Boise


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

Boise Chapter is a
Nonprofit Organization

+ We serve Veterans in Boise, ID and the surrounding areas.

About Our Chapter

This chapter serves Veterans in Boise, ID and the surrounding areas.

Meet Chapter Director Ellen Burnell

Ellen Burnell has loved music and animals all her life. Not only did she earn a BS in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus but she is also trained in acutonics and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. She has been involved in Pets for Vets Boise since the chapter’s establishment in 2016 and has observed firsthand how the unconditional love of a dog can help a Veteran through difficult times while reintegrating into civilian life.

Professionally, Ellen is the owner of Waves of Wellness in Eagle, ID and has worked with children, adults and Veterans in a variety of settings, including the Boise VA skilled nursing home and acute psychiatric unit and an inpatient Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) program for Veterans. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society and honoring Veterans as a member of the Eagle Field of Honor Committee for the last ten years.

Ellen and her best friend Barry have been married for 35 years and have two children, Jacquie and Chuck. Furry friends have also always been a part of their family. Currently, they have two dogs (Aesop and Kodiak) and two cats (Sammi and Polly) that were all rescue animals.

She is inspired by Dan Lipinski’s quote, ”On the battlefield the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return, we leave no Veteran behind.” Ellen believes that this quote is also pertinent to shelter animals and vows not to leave them behind. She looks forward to helping Veterans and rescue animals find their perfect companions through Pets for Vets Boise.

Matches From Boise,
ID Chapter

Michael and Jar Jar

A week before Thanksgiving in 2016, Michael McIntosh connected with Jar Jar, a union bringing joy to them both. Michael is a veteran, a Marine who has struggled...

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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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Past Events

Hilltop Fundraiser
To support the Boise Chapter and raise funds to help rescue shelter animals and train them for veterans with PTSD and TBI, giving a second chance to both veterans and shelter animals; all at no cost to the veteran.
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