Adopt-A-Pet, Inc.
Mt. Prospect, IL
Phone: 847-870-8999
Creating Families, 4 Paws At A Time. Every day innocent pets are left homeless and abandoned in Chicagoland. Adopt-A-Pet has found loving homes for over 14,000 of those cats and dogs. If you are looking for a family pet, consider adopting a wonderful pet from Adopt-A-Pet. Most of our cats and dogs are kept in foster homes, where they live as part of a family. Not only is this beneficial for the animal, but it also helps us create a purrfect match between an animal and a prospective adopter.

Alcohol & Drug Rehab Programs & Facilities - The Recovery Villlage
According to the Mental Health Foundation, the companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce issues often associated with recovery from substance abuse. Due to the mental health benefits of pet adoption, we're trying to spread the word and encourage more people to adopt! Read our comprehensive resource related to pet adoption.

The Anti-Cruelty Society – Adoptions / Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-644-8338

Puppy Mills
Help the ASPCA stop puppy mills.

Search thousands of adoptable pets currently cared for by shelters and rescue groups. You can browse our resource library and learn more about how to care for your pet. You can post classified ads for lost or found pets, pets wanted, and pets needing homes. You can sign up to be a volunteer to help your local shelter or rescue group.

The Puppy Network

Wright-Way Rescue
Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program.

Animal Behavior and Training

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

AKC American Kennel Club for Purebred Dogs

American Temperament Test Society, Inc.
The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) is a national not-for-profit organization for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs.

American Veterinary Society of Anmal Behavior (AVSAB)
AVSAB is a group of veterinarians and research professionals who share an interest in understanding behavior in animals. Founded in 1976, AVSAB is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners.

Animal Behavior Society Web Site
A non-profit scientific society founded to encourage and promote the study of animal behavior. ABS members are from all over the world, but primarily from North, Central, and South America. Membership is open to those interested in the study of animal behavior.

Barkleigh Training Products
Grooming products, books, videos. Mostly for dog professionals, but take a look!

Common Dog Behavior Issues
Common Dog Behavior Issues
Why do our dogs do what they do?
Comprehensive list of dog books available online. Includes newsletters, and multiple other information on dog training.

Family Paws
We support new parents with dogs nurture safe and harmonious relationships among all family members, human and canine. Dog and Baby Support hotline.
Phone: 877-247-3407

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Articles on dog training and care, breed profiles

Puppy Proofing Tips
How to pet-proof your home and yard

Animal Welfare and Research Organizations

AKC American Kennel Club

ASPCA The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Dog Advisory Work Group (D.A.W.G.)
Works to prevent violence against dogs, etc. D.A.W.G. is the Chicago area Dog Advisory Work Group, a unique coalition of dog guardians and non-dog guardians, individuals and groups, private and public organizations, and working together to help communities improve the overall coexistence of dogs, dog guardians and non-dog guardians.

First Strike
Animal cruelty / Human Violence. A Project of the Humane Society of the United States. “
Excellent site for case studies, research and prevention – Montana

The Humane Society of the United States

International Fund for Animal Welfare
The International Fund for Animal Welfare works to improve animal welfare, prevent animal cruelty and abuse, protect wildlife and provide animal rescue around the world. From stopping the elephant ivory trade, to ending the Canadian seal hunt and saving the whales from extinction, IFAW works to create solutions that benefit both animals and people.

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

Breed Information and Breeders

AKC American Kennel Club for Purebred Dogs

Animal Planet - Dog Breed Selector
This site helps asks you questions about you and your living conditions to help you identify the breeds of dogs that will meet your criteria.
Find a breed that fits you lifestyle and needs.
– Excellent!

Dog Breed Info Center
What breed is right for your family? Take the quiz and find out.

Dog Breed Selector Quiz
Considering getting a dog, but just can't decide which one best suits you? Get some help making this important decision with this personalized guide. It's simple: You provide us with some answers about your preferences, and in return we'll match you with a list of dog breeds, in ranked order, that best meet your requirements.

Dog Breeds –
A resource centre of articles and useful links aimed at both breeders and prospective new puppy owners.

Rec.pets.dogs (Usenet group)
This page has several links for dog owners – there is a breed page also. Good!

Crooked Creek Cairn Terriers
Helpful information about the Cairn Terrier breed, breeders, care and training

Puppy Dog Web
Featuring over 200 different breeds of dogs with puppies for sale. Dog Breed Profiles, Dog Kennels, For Sale by States, International Dog Breeders, Crossbreed/Designer Dogs and Puppies for sale. Shopping for puppies. Breeder Listing rates, breed Clubs, Puppy and Dog Names, Education for Dog Owners, Photos of Purebred dogs, search. Breeder Listings. Free Puppies Wanted. Lots of more information.

Small Dog Breeds
Profiles, pictures, & stats on small dog breeds from A - Z.

Breed DNA Testing

Mars Wisdom Panel™ MX Mixed Breed Analysis test
Now Available In Most Areas! Wouldn't it be amazing if you knew the breeds in his ancestry? Wisdom Panel™ MX Mixed Breed Analysis test is a comprehensive DNA-based mixed breed test for dogs. It identifies more than 130 AKC-recognized breeds that may be present in mixed breed dogs and will allow veterinarians to answer one of the most frequently asked questions by pet owners, "What is my dog's breed mix?"

Canine DNA Testing Services
Full menu of DNA testing services for use by canine veterinarians, registries, clubs, breeders, and pet-lovers. You can feel confident knowing that your canine friends have the highest quality of testing services available through DDC Veterinary. Parentage Verification, Canine Breed Test. Inherited Disease Screening, DNA Profiling, Inherited Traits Screening, DNA Banking and collection procedures. Phone: 800-625-0874

Dog Trainers and Training Information

Big Sky Dog Training
Montana C. Hayes
Board and training available.
Phone: 847-997-4707

New Beginning Dog Training
New Beginning Dog Training believes dogs and puppies that have signs of aggression, which may be a result of improper socialization, training, and genetics, deserve a NEW BEGINNING… an opportunity to learn how to act in an appropriate way.

Dog Training at Wright-Way Rescue - Morton Grove
Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit Chicago animal adoption center based in Morton Grove. Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program.

K9 University Chicago
K9 University Chicago is a multi-faceted boarding, daycare and training facility where your dog can be safely housed and at the same time learn awesome skills.
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-533-5959

Hawk City K-9 Dog Training – Stacey Hawk
Training and boarding. Programs held at Best Friends Wind City K-9 Club. Specializing in agility; great trainer - Montana
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-384-1310

American Dog Trainers Network
A comprehensive resource center for dog owners "Promoting humane education, responsible pet care, and positive motivational dog training”.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

General Resources

Asiet - Air Cleaning Systems
ASIET's air purification and air filtration systems prevent and destroy at least 90% of airborne matter, organic and inorganic materials. Destroys odors including pet odors and cigarette smoke. Destroys viruses and bacteria.

Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets
A move to an assisted living community means big changes, but it doesn't have to mean living without pets.

Complete Guide to Pet-Proofing Your Home
Enjoy the peace of mind of making, and keeping, your home safe for your dog.

Complete Guide to Traveling With Dogs | CarRentals
Nothing beats taking a road trip with your dog. Before you hit the open road, use our guide to prepare.

Cost Of Owning A Dog
This resource guide focuses on tracking and managing finances associated with owning a dog. It has tips and advice for the complete process of adopting or purchasing a new canine companion.

Does Pet Insurance Cover Dental Cleaning?
Important Information About Dental Cleaning and Treatment Coverage

Your Dog's Age In Human Years: A Conversion Chart
Learn how to calculate dog years into human years.

Dog-Powered Scooters/Bikes

  • Safer, more of a sport than using a bicycle
  • Offers unlimted dog exercise under excellent dog control, even for the reactive/agro dogs
  • Can take it right downtown on busy sidewalks or dirt trails
  • Anyone can ride it: kids, old folks, and even some disabled folks
  • Little dog training since there are no commands involved
  • Green energy
  • Allows the rider to do any or all of the work
  • Can handle 2 medium to large dogs safely and easily
  • Awesome FUN!

Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE)
FPPE provides specialized programs for new and expecting families with dogs. We offer a wide range of support to families, dog professionals and childbirth professionals to support success between babies, toddlers and family dogs.

How Much Do Dogs Sleep? Learn All About Fido’s Sleep Patterns
Dogs spend 12 to 14 hours a day sleeping, although that varies based on their age, breed, and health. Find out why do they sleep so much.


For Pet’s Sake
Mobile Dog Grooming
Phone: 847-491-1057

Shear Comfort: Evanston’s Finest Grooming Salon
Evanston, IL 50202
Phone: 847-328-1210

Canine Sports
Introduction to some great activities people do with their dogs. Most activities welcome all dogs, whether purebred or of mixed breed. Some activities are classed as "working dog" activities, but are also done on a recreational basis, or as a public service. Some dog activities are purely recreational in nature, while others are competitive dog sports.
This is an amazing site, reviews all types of canine sports and jobs, specialty groups, training information, etc. Worth a look.– Montana

Dance With Your Dog
Learn from the Canine Freestyle Expert!


Big Sky Dog Training
Montana C. Hayes
Board and Training available including Day Training (I pick up, train and return to your home)
Phone: 847-997-4707

Doggy Daydream
Offers cage-free doggie day care, 24-hour supervised overnight boarding and basic grooming services in Prospect Heights.
Phone: 847-947-2807

Fun House Kennel
Pat Goldfein
103 Roberts Road, Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: 847-934-4839

Hawk City K-9 Dog Training – Stacey Hawk
Specializing in agility (also good place to board). Programs held at Best Friends Wind City K-9 Club.
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-384-1310

Heaven Sent Pet Care & Dog Walking
Heaven Sent Pet Care is a personalized, full service, in-home pet care service providing dog walking and pet sitting services in Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie, East Glenview, and Rogers Park
Phone: 847-922-2162

Pet Watchers
Pet care and dog walking for Rogers Park, Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette, Kenilworth and Winnetka.
Phone: 847-328-0460

Pet Insurance

The Best Pet Insurance
Many pet owners are unaware of pet insurance. An accident can happen to the most careful pet owner. Consider the value of pet insurance, learn how you can protect yourself and your pet.

Veterinary Pet Insurance

Pet Supplies
Online source for working dog needs: Service Dog Vests, Working Dog Gear, Dog Training Gear, etc.

The Animal Store
Distributor of the Tell-Bell.
Mention you saw this advertised with Big Sky Dog Training, and pay discounted price of $20.00 vs. retail price of $24.94 for the Tell-Bell! Lincolnwood,IL
Phone: 847-675-5133

Bridgeport Equipment
Leashes and Tabs, Police K-9 Equipment, Assistance Dog Equipment, Search and Rescue equipment, Tracking Harnesses and Leads, Collars, Kong and Nylabone

Chalet Nursery/Garden & Pet Shops
Gabbie Roderer, Pet Department Manager
Wilmette, IL
Phone: 847-256-0561

Dental Care for Pets

Designer Dog Avenue
Phone: 888-336-4283

Happytails Canine Spa Line
Upscale boutique-like products. Worth a look, naturally made products (I think), Big Sky

Havahart Wireless
Havahart Wireless has been able to successfully develop the latest generation in wireless fence technology for dogs to add to their line of successful dog containment and training devices. These patented products focus on providing a safe environment for your pet.

The Hungry Pup
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-866-9355
Really impressed with their selection of natural products, foods, treats, shampoo and skin treatment products. Dog accessories like beds, leashes, collars, etc. They also have a dog walking service.

JB Pets
Pet Supplies at wholesale prices.

Jeffers Pet - Pet Supplies
Pet Products, Cat Vaccines, Dog Vaccines

Kriser’s Natural Pet

Monterey Lawn & Garden Products, Inc.
This employee owned company offers a growing line of products designed to provide economical and effective solutions to yard and garden problems. All products are properly registered and labeled for sale and use by the home gardener.

Oak Creek Lanyards
Compliment your hunting and field activities with our beautiful eight-strand braided lanyards and line leads. These sturdy lanyards and line leads are carefully handcrafted using the highest quality kangaroo leather in your choice of colors. (I purchased my Lanyards from this great company, total customer service!!! Big Sky Dog Training)

Flower essences formulas for animals, pets, natural pet care.

Thee Fish Bowl
Pet supplies and puppies for sale.
Evanston, IL
Phone: 847-475-6500

Wilmette Pet
Pet supplies and puppies for sale.

Wilmette, IL
Phone: 847-251-6750

Pet Travel

Guide to Train Travel With Pets - And Getting Rewarded For It!
Did you know that traveling with your pet by train can often be a much safer and cheaper alternative than flying or even driving?

Pet Friendly Travel provides easy access to pet friendly restaurants, hotel accommodations, dog and pet friendly hotels, vacation rentals, cabins, motels, bed and breakfast inns, campgrounds, resorts and spas in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Off-Leash Dog Beaches & Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S.

Pet Vacation Homes
Pet Friendly Rentals Homes Condos Hotels Holiday Villas allow dogs, cats and permit and welcome pets in Destin, South Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, Myrtle SC, Hilton Head Island, Orlando, Disney area, Kissimmee, Palm Coast and Venice Florida.

Special Dog Services

Deaf Dog Educational Action Fund
General questions about deaf dogs, training tips, and resources

Dogs For The Deaf
Rescuing unwanted dogs, providing new freedom for the hard of hearing, building life enhancing partnership

Freedom Service Dogs
Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. rescues dogs from shelters and trains each dog to assist people with disabilities. Our custom trained service dogs assist their partners in day-to-day activities providing their human companions with a greater degree of independence and an overall higher quality of life. After more than two decades of providing service dogs to assist disabled clients, Freedom Service Dogs ramped up its operations earlier this year, extending its program to provide animals to assist military veterans.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Paw & Hoof
Canine and Equine Massage
Phone: 773-791-4144

Literacy programs for kids and dogs. Because dogs make reading fun.
Phone: 773-936-6054.

Animal Health

199 Poisonous Plants to Keep Away from Humans, Dogs & Cats
Poisonous Plants
While plants and flowers are a great way to decorate, not every plant is safe for your home. We know poison oak shouldn’t be touched, and to keep poinsettias away from our pets, but did you know some of your favorite blooms may have toxic properties as well?

Animal Poison Control Center— 24-Hour Hotline! CALL 888-426-4435
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
The APCC is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. A consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

American College Veterinary Dermatology
A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian who has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, hair and nails. A veterinary dermatologist also has had significant training and is experienced in the treatment of allergic disorders. Their extensive training and experience make dermatologists extremely qualified in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious and non-infectious skin diseases, parasitic skin diseases, autoimmune diseases, allergy and allergy-induced skin diseases, recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic disease (including internal malignancy), cancer of the skin, cysts and other tumors of the skin. Veterinary dermatologists have experience in the treatment and management of chronic ear disorders.
– Has a great animal owners pet library for you to look up problems

The American Veterinary Medical Association

The Anti-Cruelty Society - Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic / Adoptions
169 W. Grand Ave (basement level), Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-644-8338

College of Veterinary Medicine Washington State University

Cornell University Poisonous Plants Home Page

The Humane Society of the United States

Male Dog Neutering - All You Need To Know
A complete guide to male dog neutering - pros and cons; desexing ages; surgical procedure; surgical and post-surgical complications; aftercare, etc.

Oral and Dental Anatomy of Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets

The Right Spot Pet Massage | Chicagoland Pet Massage
Pet massage is a beneficial therapy for an injury, illness, age-related condition, or your pet’s overall health and well-being.< br />

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Vaccination Recommendations for Dogs

Veterinary Answers
Q&A on pet health and wellness
Do you have questions about animal health, medications, therapies, surgery, behavior, or safety (Training Tips also included)? Did your veterinarian suggest you visit this site to learn more about a health issue concerning your pet? is here to support your veterinarian and you in the care of your companion animals by providing reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world's first and largest online veterinary database and community.
Amazing Site for all types of information on behavior, health, diseases, drugs and a pet corner - Big Sky

Veterinarians and Wellness Professionals

Bergland Animal Hospital
Evanston, IL
Phone: 847-328-1440

Careers with Animals
Information and resources on jobs working with furry and non-furry friends.

Fox Animal Hospital
Evanston, IL
Phone: 847-869-4900

Glen Oak Dog & Cat Hospital
Glenview, IL
Phone: 847-729-5200

Glenview Animal Hospital
Glenview, IL
Phone: 847-724-4812

McCormick Animal Hospital
Skokie, IL
Phone: 847-676-2444

Northbrook Animal Clinic, LLC
Northbrook, IL
Phone: 847-291-2262

North Shore Veterinary Clinic
J. Thomas Johnson, D.V.M.
Phone: 847-966-3080

Riser Animal Hospital Inc.
Skokie, IL
Phone: 847-673-2520

Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital in Skokie, IL
Northfield, IL
Phone: 847-564-5775

The Traveling Vet
Alisse Mawrence, DVM
Phone: 773-575-7387
Providing in-home veterinary care. Serving Chicago and the Northshore.

TLC First Animal Hospital
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-631-0706

Low Cost Vaccination Clinics in Petco and Unleased select locations

Wright-Way Rescue Veterinary Clinic
Morton Grove, IL
Affordable vaccination clinic services and by appointment for spay and neuter surgeries.

Other Business Contacts of Special Recognition and Mention

Al’s Meat Market
Wilmette, IL
Phone: 847-256-0035
- Great for dog bones - Montana

Caroline Andrew & Associates, LLC
Design, development and content for websites, print marketing, social media.

Christy Studios - Watercolors
Commissions, gallery, original art, commercial art
- Beautiful work - Montana

Evanston Imprintable
Evanston, IL
Phone: 847-425-3990

This company did the lettering on my automobile. Great customer service. I would use them for any signage/promotional services. - Montana

Petraits Pet Photography
Phone: 773-777-2891
Professional photographer who combines a love of animals with photographic talent to capture pet personalities on film. Working in professional digital format, Petraits has a Chicago studio or makes house calls.

Phone: 847-232-9675
Dog, Care and House De-Skunking Experts. Extended hours - call anytime.