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Me and Penny photo shoot on Southport -

Alicia Obando, MA

Pet Care Provider and Educator

Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator b

My Background

I've loved animals ever since I can remember. When I was a child, I thought I'd become a veterinarian until I realized I'd have to do surgery on animals, which wasn't my cup of tea. In high school I became a 'peer counselor' and realized how much I enjoyed helping people, so I went to college to become a therapist. I received a bachelors in Psychology and a masters in Counseling Psychology. I practiced as a child and family therapist for several years. Later I began volunteering at an animal shelter and decided I wanted to follow my passion for helping animals. I worked at that animal shelter and then also at a large Veterinary ER and Specialty Center for many years. I went to dog camp twice a year for over 10 years and soaked up all the pet education classes I could get my hands on. In 2012 I founded the non-profit, Pets Are Like Family. It was an all volunteer run organization that helped pet parents with limited resources take care of their pets. In 2015 I created the company, Pitter Patter Parenting, to bring together my love of working with families and pets. My mission is to help families manage their pets in a way that encourages safe and healthy relationships for everyone in the family.


Professional Education and Acknowledgments

  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Kansas University

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Children and Adolescents from Boston College

  • Over 200 hours of continuing education in working with children and families

  • Over 200 hours of continuing education in animal behavior and veterinary care

  • Certified Pet Sitter

  • Certified Pet Loss Specialist

  • Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator

  • Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR

  • "Writing Women Back Into History Award"

  • Women Employed's Volunteer Service Award

  • Certificate of Appreciation from The Chicago Commission on Human Relations

  • Volunteer Award from The Anti-Cruety Society

  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Illinois Federation for Human Rights (now Equality Illinois)

  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Dog Advisory Work Group (DAWG)

  • Certificate of Appreciation from Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control

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