Pet Central helps the community by example and action. We uphold the highest standards in progressive animal sheltering, and strive to provide education and support to pets and people in need so that they can stay healthy and remain together.


We help!

Pet Central Helps! was founded by Lisa K. Kitchens, former Shelter Director and founder at Wish Bone Canine Rescue.  She set the beginning mission and vision for Wish Bone, then worked to gather amazing volunteers to assist in accomplishing their goals. These included highlights such as twice yearly vaccination clinics for low income pet owners, and a bi-weekly pet food bank. Their advocacy also helped to spur positive changes at McLean County Animal Control, thus ending the killing of animals in Illinois last gas chamber.  As a result of recent research, Lisa has found that there are still many local pets slipping through the cracks. She has put together a progressive plan that will ultimately help to resolve barriers to the welfare and health of local pets and their people, thus keeping them safe. She look forward to working with their Board Directors, Council of Advisors, and enthusiastic supporters to bring Pet Central Helps! to our community, in order change lives for the better.  ​




Things you might want to know - Our Goal

Our Founders 

Mission Statement

About Us

Pet Central Helps is an animal rescue serving Central Illinois with its primary location in Bloomington, Illinois. (Actual door opening will be early 2017)

Pet Central’s Target 20 Programs will be implemented in a staged approach as funds obtained through adoptions, donations, and grants become available. Pet Central Helps will be a convenient, comprehensive community center that assists animals in need and thus benefits our community as a whole. 

Pet Central believes that keeping people and pets together, whenever it is possible and appropriate to do so, should be a priority for the animal welfare community and for society as a whole. To achieve this goal, we must put aside preconceived notions and treat people with respect and dignity whatever their financial or other life circumstances. We must support laws and policies that strengthen and support rather than break the bond between people and their animal companions. And perhaps most importantly, we must all work together; human and animal service agencies, pet owners, veterinarians, landlords, and policy makers; to ensure that pets and their people continue to live together; safe, secure, happy, and a vital part of the community. 

Pet Central believes that pets and people belong together; that financial circumstances alone are not reliable indicators of the capacity to love and care for a companion animal, and that strong bonds between people and pets make for stronger communities.

Our ultimate goal is to reach companion animals and their people, especially in underserved communities, using a comprehensive grassroots approach to sharing pet wellness information, resources, and services. These components need to be centralized, with convenient access.  

Pets are companions, and because humans make decisions for them, reaching out to their owners in an effective, non-judgemental and genuine manner must be part of the solution to reducing animal suffering.

Pet Central Helps!


Bloomington/Normal animal rescue 

serving Central Illinois


PET CENTRAL HELPS!​

We believe that pets and people belong together; that financial circumstances alone are not reliable indicators of the capacity to love and care for a companion animal.

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