My Background

In 1989, I received my masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Children and Adolescents and practiced as a child and family therapist for seven years. I left the field to go work in politics for 11 years, hoping to bring about positive change for families and communities. During this time I had begun volunteering at an animal shelter and became very involved in Chicago's animal welfare community. I left politics in 2007 to follow my passion for helping animals. I worked at Chicago's oldest and largest animal shelter for 2 years and at the largest Chicago Veterinary ER and Specialty Center for 5 years. I also ran a Kids Block Club during this time for 5 years. I have participated in hundreds of hours of pet care education including an 8 week course called Behavior Fundamentals, which teaches you about canine behavior and communication. 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. As the head of this organization, I educated pet parents one on one, in a classroom setting and at community events. Over the years, I have counseled hundreds of families regarding child care and pet care. 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.


Alicia Obando, MA

Pet Care Provider and Educator

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 150 hours of continuing education in animal behavior and veterinary care

  • Certified Pet Bereavement Counselor

  • 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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Pitter Patter Parenting provides pet care, education and support to help families manage their pets in a way that encourages safe and healthy relationships.

Contact Info

Email: alicia@pitterpatterparenting.com
Tel:  773-430-2812


Serving Chicago and adjacent suburbs

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