By connecting our nation’s military Veterans with rescued animals, Pets for Vets helps create second chances and new beginnings. With over 300 successful matches and counting, we are changing lives one lick at a time.
Making the perfect, lifelong match begins with our dedicated volunteer trainers who help select and prepare animal companions for their new lives. If you are a professional dog trainer who wants to make a difference for Veterans and pets, we would love to have you on our team!
Turn your dollars into real change with a tax-deductible donation to Pets for Vets. Your contribution directly impacts Veterans and their animal companions by providing everything they need to start their life together on the right paw.
To help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by using the power of the human-animal bond to provide a second chance for shelter animals by rescuing, training and pairing them with America's servicemen and women who could benefit from having a companion animal.
Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter is a
This chapter serves the District of Columbia, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church.
Christine holds a B.S. Degree from the University of South Florida, is an Honor's Graduate of Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She owns Family Dog Training, LLC in Northern Virginia, where she provides private behavior consulting and training services for companion dogs and puppies. She is delighted to be the volunteer trainer for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Ambassador Canine, Growley II, and his cadet handler team. Christine resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, who is a retired Air Force Veteran of 26 years, where they hold down the fort for their two college kids, one mixed breed dog, and a mixed breed kitty.
Desiree moved to the DC area in 2002 to study law. After three years of practice, she left to start a dog walking company with a focus on positive training. Desiree is also an apprentice at a local dog training center, teaching puppies and adults basic behavior. She has helped socialize puppies for local shelters, has been a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Desiree is the mom of a wonderful little human boy, and two wild mini Aussies - Chewie and Wicket.
Megan Greathouse: Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Megan has a soft spot of all things furry. Although she grew up with dogs, she now has two cats, Blossom and Alex who keep her on her toes. Like several of our team members, Megan also has a military background having been born at Fort Sill Army Base and was in Crailsheim, Germany for her first two years before coming back to the states. She currently supports our troops by regularly volunteering with the USO and Honor Flights at Dulles Airport.
Megan has 25+ years in the Information Technology field and is now the owner of Kaminsky Services, a personal concierge service that assists with personal and professional tasks that take time from the things that matter most.
Michelle Madigan: Chapter Director
The first thing you need to know about me is that I have an undying passion for animals and their welfare and this has been a constant theme in my life and career. Through work with area shelters and rescues, I am proud to have been able to improve the circumstances and quality of life for a number of less than fortunate souls. The second, and equally important fact to know about me, is that I am fiercely patriotic and stand in awe of the men and women who choose to offer their lives and wellbeing into the service of our great country. Their sacrifices humble us all I hope to able to repay that debt in some small way through my work with Pets for Vets.
I am a lifelong resident of the DC Metro area, and after a successful career in the financial services industry am looking forward to giving back to my community and to those in need. I live happily in Oak Hill, VA along with my daughter and two big goofy dogs.
Sylvia Beck: Events Committee Chair
Sylvia is an Army veteran and currently resides in Arlington, VA with her three rescue dogs. She earned a bachelor’s in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy. After her military career, she went to work for the government as a systems engineer and proceeded to get two Masters Degrees, one in Marketing Management and the other in Engineering Management.
Sylvia has always had a love for animals and has grown up with having a dog in the house for the majority of her life. She adopted her first dog, Bryce, in 2009 from the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society in North Carolina. She and Bryce quickly established an inseparable bond. About a year later, she determined Bryce needed a friend, so she adopted Jackson in 2010 from the Carolina Animal Rescue Adoption. It was the three of them for a while and then Sylvia fell in love with a little female pit-bull named Kali, in November 2018. All three dogs provide her with different levels of support and life is better with them in it.
She’s excited to be part of an organization that supports veterans and rescue animals. It is something near and dear to her heart. Having an animal can make the world of difference in someone’s life.
Talmar Anderson: Vice President
Talmar is a proud Navy Brat who has never known a home without a pet. Currently, her family’s pets include Inu, a beautiful brindle rescue from the Tennessee floods and Grizz, an Ohio born rescued Bernese Mountain Dog. It was an easy and quick yes for her to serve the mission of Pets for Vets DC Metro Area!
Talmar, the founder her own business, Boss Actions, brings over 20+ years building and growing business and teams for small business owners and entrepreneurs. She has been active in the Greater Reston Chamber of commerce and George Mason University’s Women In Business Initiative Advisory Board.
We are excited to welcome Talmar to the Pets for Vets DC Metro Area chapter!
"He’s more than just a friend. He’s my battle buddy. He’s my left hand. We’re connected by a leash, but it’s really our umbilical cord. He’s sometimes more tuned into me than I’m tuned into me. He knows more about me than I do sometimes. He lets me know what’s going on."
"You would think that a dog is just a dog. That may be true for some, but not me.
I used to sit at home, alone, and just let life pass me by, but now I have a reason to get up. Even if it’s feeding Samson, or taking him for walks, he has motivated me to live again."