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16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Carrie F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience adopting our sweet puppy, Jack, from Pet Central Helps! Every person we talked to was kind, informative and more than willing to help. Communication was timely and efficient, and the adoption process was pain free.

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PCHSTAFF 11/16/2017

Thank you for the wonderful review! I cant Believe how big and handsome he is getting! I fostered him and his sisters :)

3 truthseeker15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started the foster process with Pet Central with a Pocket Pity who was placed into the caring paws program. Dexter was surrendered by the previous owner after all efforts were made to keep them together. After two short weeks of fostering, I decided he was the perfect fit for our home. The foster and adoption applications were both painless. They were thorough in having the animals checked by a vet prior to being fostered. They also had a dated set prior to the adoption to have Dexter neutered. They also take the time to microchip the animals as part of the adoption service. They are always available to answer any questions.

5 Holly H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered several times for Pet Central Helps. They make it super easy, and provide excellent support and answer all my questions. I highly recommend fostering through Pet Central Helps. This is a great not for profit that is going to bring valuable resources to our community.

5 Megan Jenkins A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered, adopted and volunteer for Pet Central Helps. Fostering was a wonderful experience (7 five week old puppies that were dumped), but when it came time to go to their forever homes it was bitter sweet. I love the Pet Central does a 3 week, 3 month and 3 year checkup on the adopted animals. They support pet adopters to make sure there is success. Of course we kept one of the puppies, and he is a laugh a minute always makes me smile. Volunteering with this group is fun! They have great events in the community and volunteers are positive and hard working. I’m thankful we have this kind of rescue in central IL!

8 Rose S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster for PCH and it's been a wonderful experience. This group truly cares about helping animals. Whenever I've had a health problem with one of the dogs from kennel cough, sick stomachs, or injuries they have quickly gotten care and medication to them. Some of them are rescued from the kill shelters in poor shape and PCH provides the medicines, shampoos, etc that is needed to help get them back to feeling good. I've enjoyed every dog that has come into my home. This is a great organization and one I'm proud to be part of in some small way.

15

Donor

Rating: 1

I sponsored one of this organization's dogs because of it being a puppy mill mom that was dumped in Kentucky and that it needed veterinary care. I followed up with her throughout and after she was adopted I found out this organization had adopted her to a someone who had multiple domestic abuse charges against him in the Chicago area?!?! It made me sick! Also I found out they do not do any reference checks on any of their adoption applications!!!

6 Christopher C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Girlfriend and I went to a Petsmart 6 weeks ago to get something for our cat when Pet Central had an adoption event. The moment we saw her, we named her Stromy, we fell in love. For 6 weeks we have been extremely happy with her. She is fun, sweet and playful. She has been wonderful and Pet Central has helped out so much. Thank you so much.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people doing great things. Fantastic experience, you can tell they are professional and love what they do.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently signed up with several county and pet organizations to adopt a shelter dog after I lost my Lady dog. I found many of the contacts to be very frustrating with the adoption application process and requirements necessary to meet the standards for being considered for adoption. I felt like I was being discriminated against just because I was looking to adopt a dog. I felt like a criminal instead of greeting me as someone who wanted to save a life and give a good home to a shelter dog. I felt the exact opposite with Pet Central of Normal, IL. They had a very easy application process, and helped myself and my husband find just the most loveable wonderful dog that is a real blessing to our home and our lives. Weezie goes to the office with me and all of my staff love and adore her already. She now runs the house and the office! Thank you Pet Central for your help. Marsha

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thomas, now named Tucker, has been with us one week today. He has been a wonderful addition to our family, and we are so lucky to have him! He loves to snuggle, sleep, give kisses, and chew (gotta work those puppy teeth!). He had his first puppy check at the vet and is 10.8lbs and perfect. Even though he's only 4 months old, he's doing extremely well with potty training. Tucker has been great with teaching my 7 year old son that dogs are wonderful! Thank you, Pet Central Helps, for giving us this amazing little guy!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted miss bailey (Speckles) this past weekend and she has already been such a blessing! She's the perfect little puppy and a great addition to the family ❤ Really impressed with Pet Central Helps: they took great care of her before we got her and Lisa was super helpful in answering any/all questions I had and setting up a time to come meet and adopt her!

5 Barb53

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the death of my long time bichon pal Lacey, I was looking for another Bichon, and preferred to adopt one in need of a home rather than buy a puppy. I went on Petfinder in search of another bichon. I was getting a bit discouraged as some of the adoption groups either didn't respond to emails, applications or calls, and others didn't bother to update when a pet had already been adopted. Then I came across Pet Central which had Snuggles & Cuddles, a bonded pair of Bichons. They were prompt in responding to my adoption request and answered questions I had. Their fees were affordable. Very high adoption fees were something I discovered at many rescue facilities; to the point I could not afford to adopt.

I talked with Lisa on Tuesday and Thursday I made a trip to meet Snuggles & Cuddles. I feel in love immediately and brought them home with me. They follow me everywhere outside and are still exploring all the smells and sights of a farm.

Both have issues with strangers, but it is pretty much as it was explained to me and will take time to get over.

I have nothing but good things to say about my Pet Central experience. Great folks to work with.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my older dog last fall and had been searching for a new little girl to fill that hole in our hearts. My daughter found Shelby (aka Blondie) on Pet Central's website and it was love at first sight! She's a happy healthy little girl who loves to play with her big brother and cuddle with me. Pet Central is an ideal place to find your special new friend.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chewy (formally Eros)
We found our little chewy here on Pet Central Helps. After we got him home we learned that he had Coccadia, Pet Central has been amazingly helpful with the expenses of his treatments. It took a few days to warm up to our sister but now we are best of friends and get to play everyday. Chewy has become a wonderful member of our family!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found our Derby on Petfinder.com, and it turned out that Pet Central Helps was the agency who posted the listing. The application was easy to fill out and Exec. Dir. Lisa contacted us the next day. We drove up from Springfield the next evening, and picked him up at the pet store where they were adopting out several other puppies. Lisa provided us with a bag of food to help transition Derby over to his new food once we got him home. Derby is a beautiful mix, and was clearly well cared for by the volunteers at PCH. He's smart as a whip and only having him here after two days, he's nearly already housebroken! We could not be more delighted. (Our two adult dogs are not quite as happy with his arrival, however, and, under our close supervision, they're teaching Derby to be more polite with his sharp teeth - he's learning very quickly!)

6 Jackie89

Client Served

Rating: 5

We saw a picture of this cute little face on the pet central helps page and we couldn't stop looking at her. It was their first set of rescues I believe. I got in contact with Karen and it all just went from there, they were very responsive and so sweet. They wanted us to meet kona, so Lisa brought her to our house for a meet with us and our beloved kitty. Needless to say Kona has been with us ever since! They are very informative and knowledgeable of animals. Not too mention some of the biggest animal lovers ever! They truly are saving animals every day, I call them angels, cause they really are their saviors and the fur babies voices. So to pet central helps I say this-keep doing what your doing and your crew is amazing!