Northern Delaware

About Our Chapter

Pets For Vets Northern Delaware


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

Northern Delaware Chapter is a
Nonprofit Organization

+ We service the northern Delaware area above the C & D canal and adjacent environs.


Tim and Cathy

Tim grew up in Southern California, graduated college and went to work for IBM. During the Vietnam War he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Berlin, Germany as a computer programmer. After his military service, he continued working at IBM, San Jose, California Labs in applied physics until 1986 when he transferred with IBM to technical marketing at DuPont in Wilmington. He retired in 1992 and then worked with his wife validating medical software at Johnson and Johnson. He has volunteered at various facilities included the Tri-State Bird Sanctuary, Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island and a national motorcycle racing organization.

His wife, Cathy, is on the board of Pets for Vets, Inc. and this piqued his interest in the bond between the returning Veterans and pets. Hearing the many wonderful stories about the Veterans and the pets that Pets For Vets® has matched has inspired him talk with a group of friends and neighbors to build the foundation of the Northern Delaware Chapter.

Chapter personnel includes Dianne Confalone, Assistant Chapter Director, Sandy Holsten, Treasurer, and Carol Crowder.

Matches From Northern
DE Chapter

Bob and Willow

Bob enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1967 and served in Vietnam. Bob has had many dogs since his military service and missed having a loyal friend. He applied to ...

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Mel and Cat

Mel is an Air Force Veteran and due to regulations in his living environment, Mel can't have a live pet. He missed the Black and White cat he had at home so Pet...

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Alfred and Louie

Pets for Vets Northern Delaware placed Louie with Alfred, a Cargo Specialist in the Air Force from 1981 until 1986. Louie, a black Labrador mix, loves to take h...

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Donation from The Freemasons of Delaware

The Freemasons of Delaware held their semi annual meeting and Pets for Vets gave a presentation about the organization and the activities of the chapter.  The Chapter received a generous donation at the conclusion of the presentation.  The Veterans and the pets thank the Freemasons in Delaware.

Thanks to our Friends of Fusion Foundation of Delaware

The Pets for Vets Northern Delaware Chapter would like to thank the Friends of Fusion Foundation of Delaware for their donation to the Chapter. The Friends of Fusion Foundation helps the children of first responders and the Delaware Community.  The Delaware Veterans and pets thank you so much for your donation.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall "The Wall That Heals"

Northern DE Pets for Vets Chapter Director Tim Lile volunteered to assist with the set up and take down of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall during its recent display in New Castle, DE. It is an exact 3/5 scale replica of the original memorial in Washington, DC. All 58,311 names of the fallen Veterans are engraved on the panels. To enable easier set up and transportation, the engraved panels are of a lighter material. The tradition of making a rubbing of a loved one’s name is encouraged. Local volunteers assist with the setup and take down of the frames and panels of the Wall.

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Vet Fest 2021

Pets for Vets of Northern Delaware attended the Delaware 2021 VetFest in Middletown, DE. The event provides information to Veterans about the various services available to them in this area. It was well attended and the Chapter made several contacts with other support groups and Veterans. We are working with the contacts now to further our contributions to the region. We are looking forward to the event next year.

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Race 4 Warriors

Pets For Vets of Northern Delaware is the proud recipient of a donation from Race4Warriors. The Race4Warriors event honors our Middle East Veterans through Competition, Education, and Celebration. 

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Rotary Club of Brandywine Gives Generous Donation To Pest for Vets, DE

The Rotary Club of Brandywine Hundred held their Veterans Day observance in North Wilmington on Veterans Day. Along with a Mounted Police detail and Police Color guard with a background of 500 large American flags the Rotary Club held a meeting and donation award presentation. Pets for Vets was one of two recipients and Tim Lile was the keynote speaker.

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In Loving Memory of Alfred Fisher

As many of you know Alfred Fisher (our first match) passed away suddenly last August. Many of the wonderful friends he made at the Bark Park made a plaque in his honor. The friends, both two and four legged, met at the park and dedicated the plaque to him.

Woofwater supports Pets for Vets®

Woofwater was invented by a Marine veteran. Woofwater is 100% made in the USA. Each bottle hand finished and assembled in Austin, TX. We proudly support non-profit charities dedicated to helping pets and veterans. Woof Water currently supports Pets for Vets®. Pets for Vets® donated two Woofwater’s to each of the chapters. Thank you from the Veterans and the matched pets.

The inaugural Doggone Patriotic 5K

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Alfred was kind enough to loan Louie to me for the 5K walk on the fourth of July. Louie was excited so off we went for three laps around a park near where Alfred and Louie live. We stopped every lap for water and a break. Thanks to the organizers for a fun event and for their donation to Pets for Vets, Inc.

Front Page News

The Northern Delaware Chapter of Pets for Vets made front page news. The local newspaper "The News Journal" ran this story about our two matches on the front page of the September 19 edition of the paper.

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Past Events

Wreaths Across America
Veterans Cemetery in Bear Delaware
December 18, 2021

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
Join The Delaware Chapter of Pets for Vets on December 18 at noon at the Veterans Cemetery in Bear Delaware.  The chapter is helping to lay wreaths for our fallen heroes to pay respect to them.
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Stand Down
Friday September 17, 2021

Pets for Vets of Northern Delaware will be attending the Delaware 2020 Veterans’ Stand Down at Schutte Park located at 10 Electric Avenue Dover, DE The event is to provide information to Veterans about the various services available to them in this area.
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Battle of the Branches Soccer Tourney
The Battleship teamed up with the Philadelphia Union and Liberty USO hosted the Battle of the Branches, a 5 vs 5 mini-soccer tournament on the fantail of the ship on Wed., July 28. The tournament will began at 2 pm. and concluded with a party with food and beverage and live entertainment on the deck of the Battleship.
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Vet Fest 2020
September 26, 2020 8:00AM - 4:00PM
The Town of White Hall Middletown, Delaware

Pets for Vets will be at the Vet Fest event again this year so plan to be there as well.
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The Doggone 5k Virtual Run
August 26th 12am - September 26th 12am PST

The Doggone 5k Virtual run registration will remain open until the event ends on September 26th. Be sure to share this on your Social Media pages. Pets for Vets is honored and excited to be the benefactor of this fun virtual 5k. Participants have a month to walk, run, or wag along their favorite 3.2 mile course. This event comes with swag, medals, a social club on Strava for participants to share their progress, and even a doggy approved playlist on Spotify.
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The inaugural Doggone Patriotic 5K
Saturday, July 4, 2020

This is a go-at-you-own-pace virtual 5K for your dog(s) and you. Walk, run or wag your way along your favorite course, path park or neighborhood. For more information or to register, click this link.
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Main Event Entertainment
September 9, 2019 5PM to 9PM
2900 Fasion Center Blvd (Next to the Christiana Mall)

Earn money on sales of arcade games, food, gift cards, activities, non-alcoholic beverages. Drop all receipts at the end of the night into the receipt drop off box at the bowl desk to ensure your purchase is accounted for.
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Veteran Stand Down
September 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Pets for Vets of Northern Delaware will be attending the Delaware 2019 Veterans’ Stand Down at Schutte Park located at 10 Electric Avenue Dover, DE The event is to provide information to Veterans about the various services available to them in this area.
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Vet Fest 2019
September 28, 2019

Pets for Vets of Northern Delaware will be attending the Delaware Vet Fest on September 28, 2019 in Middletown Delaware.  There are two events you may sign up for. Use the link below and get more information. Go Ruck and VET FEST family walk for Veterans
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A huge thank you to our sponsors! Without your support our chapter wouldn't be possible.

Support Pets for Vets Northern Delaware

Pets for Vets is thrilled to serve Veterans in your area. If you would like to become a supporter of Pets for Vets Northern, DE and for your organization’s name, logo, seal, or information to appear on this page, please contact

Exelon Foundation approved a grant to Pets for Vets of Northern Delaware from the Employee Engagement Program. The Chapter has continued to receive the Exelon employee’s generous support and wishes to thank the employees of Exelon.

Thanks to the Octorara Chapter for their donation to the Northern Delaware Chapter of Pets for Vets. The donation is very appreciated on behalf of the Veterans and the pets.

A very special thanks to Linchpin Solutions for their generous donation to Northern Delaware Pets for Vets. Linchpin Solutions is owned and managed by experienced technology professionals who possess decades of experience in the Tactical C4ISR, Satellite and Wireless, Broadcast & Media, and Telecommunications markets. As military and industry veterans, our mission is to create meaningful relationships between the government and industry which result in thoughtful solutions that represent the latest technologies and capabilities at the best value for the end-user.

Port Deposit, Maryland VFW Post #8185 and Kelly Leister

VFW Post 8185 of Maryland. Thanks to the VFW Post 8185 of Aberdeen Maryland and Kelly Leister for their generous donation to the Northern Delaware Chapter of Pets for Vets.

Women's Activity Club, Veteran Post #1 of Delaware

Thanks to the Women's Activity Club of the Veteran Post #1 of Delaware for helping to Sponsor our first match.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Thanks to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for their generous contribution to the Northern Delaware Chapter.

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