David has been photographing pets and their people for over 20 years, so it’s not exactly his first walk around the block. During that time, he’s come across more than one organization in the animal advocacy world with which he sees eye-to-eye (or, more often than not, wet nose to wet nose.)

These veterinarians, merchants and trainers share David’s grassroots values, dedication to celebrating relationships between animals and people, and high regard for the collective shared humanity those relationships foster.

When you need a local referral for a four legged member of your family, please feel free to use this list of recommended vendors as a guide.


VCA Lakeshore Animal HospitalVCA Noyes Animal Hospital
Caring for pets… and their people, too


Veterinary Specialty CenterVeterinary Specialty Center
Comprehensive veterinary specialty referral clinic and 24-hour emergency and critical care


Blum Animal HospitalBlum Animal Hospital
Complete veterinary services including pet wellness, dental care, veterinary surgery & diagnostics


Gold Coast Animal HospitalGold Coast Animal Hospital
Health and well being from head to tail


Compassionate Veterinary CareCompassionate Veterinary Care
A full service veterinary hospital in Lincoln Park and a hospice providing palliative, consultation and in home euthanasia services for seriously ill pets and their dedicated families


McKillip Animal HospitalMcKillip Animal Hospital
A full service veterinary hospital emphasizing preventative medicine


JJewell Animal Hospitalewell Animal Hospital
Providing a warm, caring and flexible environment for pets and their owners, with an emphasis on great customer service and the latest medical, surgical and main management techniques


Family Pet Animal HospitalFamily Pet Animal Hospital
Deeply committed to delivering outstanding veterinary care for your pet and exceptional service for you


Mid North Animal HospitalMid-North Animal Hospital
Dedicated to patient advocacy; committed to maintaining and improving the quality of patient care through client and staff education


North Center Animal HospitalNorth Center Animal Hospital
Assuring that your furry family member lives as long, healthy, and as comfortable a life as possible


VXA Noyes Animal HospitalVCA Lakeshore Animal Hospital
Veterinary services for every stage of your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventative care to keep her happy and healthy


City Cat DoctorCity Cat Doctor
Serving the felines of the Chicago Loop since 1994 and providing the best veterinary care possible


Berglund Animal HospitalBerglund Animal Hospital
A full service veterinary practice offering the highest quality medicine with emphasis on client education


Knollwood Animal HospitalKnollwood Animal Hospital
Providing general practice veterinary services to the Lake Bluff, IL area


West Lake Forest Animal HospitalAnimal Hospital of West Lake Forest
Providing expert veterinary medicine and compassionate care to dogs and cats in Lake Forest, IL and the surrounding area


Lake Forest Animal CLinicLake Forest Animal Clinic
Treating pets like the valued family members they are


Lincolnshire Animal HospitalLincolnshire Animal Hospital
A full service veterinary clinic offering the best care for your pet including surgery, dentistry, boarding, grief counseling and other medical services


Golf-Mil Veterinary HospitalGolf-Mil Veterinary Hospital
Offering compassionate care in a friendly and caring environment


North Shore Family PetNorth Shore Family Pet Hospital
A full service veterinary hospital, treating your pet like family


Countryside Animal ClinicCountryside Animal Clinic
Providing personalized, high quality service for pet owners who seek only the best care for their cats and dogs


Blue PearlBlue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Medicine for Pets
Specialty and emergency veterinary care, open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (even on holidays) to assist you when your family veterinarian’s office is closed


Fox Animal HospitalFox Animal Hospital
A full service veterinary medical facility seeking to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for highly-valued patients


Animal Medical CenterAnimal Medical Center
A full service veterinary medical facility promoting responsible pet ownership. Preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities


North Shore Veterinary ClinicNorth Shore Veterinary Clinic
Providing caring, professional veterinary services to the Chicago area for over 25 years


Eye Care for AnimalsEye Care for Animals – St. Charles, Wheeling and Clybourn
Dedicated to providing the finest in veterinary ophthalmology services


Green Bay Animal HospitalGreen Bay Animal Hospital
Providing a wide variety of veterinary services for animals in Wilmette and the surrounding area


all paws veterinary clinicAll Paws Veterinary Clinic
A full service veterinary clinic located in Algonquin serving the needs of Lake, McHenry, Northern Kane and Northwest Cook counties


Village Veterinary ClinicVillage Veterinary Clinic
A veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service through continuing education, technological advances and administering compassionate care to all pets


Natural Healing Whole Dog WellnessNatural Healing Whole Dog Wellness
Where healing hydrotherapy enhances and improves dogs’ lives




Training, Boarding and Grooming


Alex Brooks Canine CenterAlex Brooks Canine Center
One of the leading training, boarding and daycare facilities in Chicago’s North and Northwest suburbs


Tailgate for DogsTailgate for Dogs
A facility that provides canine companions with a fun, happy and enjoyable experience, acknowledging their special place in our lives


Doggy Dooz Pet StylingDoggy Dooz Pet Styling
Grooming for your pure breed or pure mutt by Chicago’s only Master Pet Stylist (MPS) Billy Rafferty


ZZulu Dog and Cat Boutiqueulu Dog and Cat Boutique
A unique boutique and pet groomer highlighting foods and treats made in America and dog and cat apparel designed by local artists


Call of the Wild School for DogsCall of the Wild School for Dogs
An industry leader in effective dog training, the professional full-time team has helped more than 10,000 owners achieve satisfying and enjoyable relationships with their dogs


Stay Dog HotelStay Dog Hotel
An integral part of Chicago’s premier pet campus which includes found, a rescue and rehabilitation center and heal, a veterinary clinic




Noahs Ark Pet SupplyNoah’s Ark Pet Supply
Northern Chicagoland’s one stop shop for pet supplies


Barker and MeowskyBarker and Meowsky
A distinctive pet boutique (or paw firm) that offers stylish products for you and the pets you love


Happy Husky BakeryHappy Husky Bakery
Baking special pet treats using the finest natural and nutritious ingredients


Wet NoseWet Nose

Offering alternative solutions to conventional methodologies; accepting products made only from human grade ingredients, free from animal by-products, artificial flavors and harmful preservatives



Merrick Natural Petcare
Making the best food ever for the best pet ever – yours.




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We follow a low-stress philosophy in all interactions with our patients.