Pet Central Helps! is a progressive animal rescue serving Central Illinois, with its primary location in Normal, Illinois. Right now we are operating from a temporary administrative location and using foster homes (permanent physical location opens Spring 2020).
Our motto is: Keeping pets and people together!
We focus on a non-judgmental approach that follows the three E's; Educate Encourage Enable through our interactions with the public.
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.
We strive 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 should ideally be centralized, with convenient access for all.
PCH prioritizes formal intake for animals in danger of euthanasia from kill shelters and other very urgent situations, while working to keep owned animals safely in their homes.
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! Was founded in 2016 by Lisa K Kitchens. We are currently waiting on our facility to open once construction ends, spring of 2020.
We hope to make a major impact on the community by offering the following:
Low cost spay/neuter clinics
Low cost vaccinations clinics
Free behavioral/obedience training
Food bank for those that are having trouble feeding their pets
Goals this year
To move into our facility and begin implementing the above programs. We already have a food bank; however, we would like to expand it once we move into the facility. We will also be taking on more pets that have behavioral issues and working with them to make them adoptable.
Lisa K Kitchens - Executive Director/President.
President and Executive Director Lisa K. Kitchens was the founder and former Shelter Director at Wish Bone Canine Rescue in Bloomington IL. Lisa has worked in the animal care field her entire adult life; first as a retail pet supply store manager, then as a Veterinary Assistant. After attending North Dakota State University, she worked for over 13 years as Lead Veterinary Technician at a busy local four-doctor practice. While working as a Vet Tech, she founded Wish Bone Canine Rescue as the very first no-kill rescue organization in Bloomington. After two years of explosive growth at Wish Bone, Lisa was hired as full-time Shelter Director, opening its first physical shelter on Morrissey Drive which is still in operation today. While leading WBCR, Lisa also earned a certificate in Animal Shelter Management from the University of the Pacific. This Lifesaving-Centered Program is taught by top experts in the animal welfare field.
Lisa lives with four rescue dogs and a senior cat. She and her three-legged Dalmatian and CGC Therapy Dog Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬Å“FlashÃ¢â‚¬ enjoy visiting local schools and assisted living facilities. Flash enjoys accompanying Lisa to work.
Jennifer McPherson - Vice President
Holly Hedges - Treasurer
Dr. Valeri Farmer-Dougan - Also our behavior specialist and a professor at Illinois State University