If you don't rescue, don't breed ... Until there are none, ADOPT ONE!


When Jean Lazzaro, President and Founder of Cry for Help Rescue, starting rescuing dogs she never thought she'd end up running her own rescue. After saving hundreds of pets herself,  she applied  to become an official 501c tax-except animal rescue in July of 2008 which would allow the group to receive the donations needed to continuing saving homeless pets. Cry for Help Rescue received approval as an official 501c non-profit charitable organization in April 2009. 

Cry for Help Rescue is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to rescuing and finding loving homes for animals suffering from abuse, injury, neglect and abandonment of our community. The goal of Cry for Help Rescue is to rescue and place animals into responsible homes where they will be loved and cherished for the rest of their lives.  We help educate the public on responsible pet ownership and animal treatment. Rescued animals come from animal control organizations, humane societies, and owner give-up situations within Illinois and Indiana.

All of our pets receive proper veterinary treatment before being adopted. This includes spay or neutering, micro-chipping, flea and tick preventatives or treatments, and all required vaccinations.  Any additional medical issues we are aware of are also treated at that time. We strive to adopt only healthy pets.

Veterinary Services

A special thanks to our amazing vets. Without them, we couldn't do what we do.

Dr. Reed

Westchester Animal Clinic
55 E. US Highway 20
Porter, IN 46304

Lowell Animal Hospital
17645 Morse Street
Lowell, IN  46356
(219) 300-2148

Dr. Lehal
Brookville Animal Hospital
764 S Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60490


Dispelling Bully Breed Myths

Cry For Help Rescue has a special place in its heart for the American Staffordshire Terrier, commonly referred to as the Pit Bull. This special breed carries several myths which contribute to the  large number of them available for adoption in shelters across the country. Many great tempered animals that would make wonderful pets never get re-homed. We are dedicated to rescuing and finding forever homes to any adoptable pet, regardless of breed. The Pit Bull's you'll find at Cry For Help Rescue are all living in licensed foster homes were they get the care required to transition into their forever home upon adoption. Please take some time to learn a little more about this gentle giant and why we find them so special. After you learn more, please consider adopting a Pit Bull and experiencing for yourself how these are great family dogs.

An Article from Pit Bull Awareness Coalition
If Pit Bulls are not aggressive why are they used so often by dog fighters?  Dog fighters exploit several breeds of strong, medium to large dogs. Many dog fighters choose “Pit Bulls” because they are quick to learn, eager to please and easy to handle. Once a Pit Bull accepts you as their master, they will gladly lay down their life to please you. These breeds have an incredible sense of determination, once they begin a task, they will not give up unless they can not physically continue or you step in to stop them. This holds true whether you force them to fight or ask them to pull a car. Their un-relentless desire to complete a task combined with their unshakable sense of loyalty makes them easy targets for cruelty by cowards and criminals alike. Read more

Did you know....

1.) About 40 people (children) per year die by drowning in 5-gallon water pails. A person, during their lifetime, is 16 times more likely to drown in a 5-gallon water pail than to be killed by a Pit Bull.

2.) Approximately 50 children in the US are killed every year by their cribs - 25 times the number of children and adults killed by Pit Bulls.

3.) Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts. Therefore, you are more than 60 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be killed by a PALM TREE than a Pit Bull.

4.) Each year, 350 people drown in their bathtubs. You are 151 times more likely to be killed by your bathtub than you are by a Pit Bull.

5) Every year, more than 2,000 children in the U.S. are killed by their parents or guardians either through abuse or neglect. A child is more than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a Pit Bull.

6) It can be estimated that for every Pit Bull who kills, there are 10.5 MILLION that DON'T!

Want more facts like these? Visit Don't Bully My Breed.

Pit bull dogs need more help, compassion, and understanding than many other breeds, but they will pay you back with more love and loyalty than you ever thought possible. Find more information on the bully breeds, how to care for them and how you can help change minds at Pit Bull Rescue Central.

A Special Thanks

Thank you to everyone who dedicates their time to keeping our rescue thriving. Board members, foster homes, transporters and other've made a difference.  Financial contributors, without your donations we couldn't do what we do. Last but not least, thank you to all of our adoptive families for giving wonderful homes to the animals we rescue.