CISAR (Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue)


CISAR is a no kill animal rescue facility that takes in abused, mistreated and unwanted animals placing them in loving homes. They also offer low-cost veterinary care to residents in Central Illinois. All animals get veterinary care, vaccinations, and are spayed and neutered when they arrive. CISAR is a non-profit organization that accepts people to donate their time and money to help care for the animals.

About CISAR CISAR is located at 29738 E. 1400 N. Road, Colfax, IL 61728, or you can give them a call at  or (309) 724-8241. The people at CISAR believe that every animal has a right to live. They meet each individuals pets needs on a daily basis, and they do not discriminate against breed, disposition, color, age, or temperament. They screen each individual potential adopters so they know each animal is placed in a loving home for life.


CISAR has the no-kill animal shelter (hours can be found below) and they also have a low cost vet clinic with professional veterinarians on hand. To find out more about the services the professional vets offer you can give them a call at (309) 724-8241.

Hours of operation

Animal Shelter

Shelter Hours: 9am to 5pm (7-days a week)

Vet clinic

Monday 9am to 5pm

Tuesday 9am to 5pm

Wednesday 9am to 5pm

Thursday 9am to 5pm

Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday Closed

Adopting a pet

Adopting a new pet from CISAR will bring great joy into your life and your new pets life. It doesn't take a whole lot of time and you are on your way with a new furry four-legged friend. You can visit the CISAR website and fill out an application to adopt which can be found here or you can visit CISAR yourself to adopt. Another option would be to go visit them when they have the mobile adoption van at Lakewood Plaza.

Policies and fees

Adopting a new family member from CISAR is simple. You first fill out the application and contract which can be found on the website or you can get one from the mobile adoption center. There is a $175.00 tax deductible donation for dogs (puppies and purebreds are $250.00) That price does include spay or neuter, all shots, microchipping, heartworm test, and a flea and tick preventative has been applied to all animals. There is a $95.00 tax deductible donation for kittens and a $50.00 tax deductible donation for adult cats. If you are a senior (65 or older) they offer a free adoption of an adult cat. That price also includes spay or neuter, all shots, microchipping, heartworm test, and Revolution flea and tick preventative has been applied to all animals and also includes feline leukemia testing. If for any reason you are unable to keep your new pet, you agree in the contract to return them to CISAR. If you do that within 14 days of adoption you will receive one-half of the adoption fee back. If returned after 14 days, the adoption fee will not be returned but the pet must still be returned to CISAR.

Available dogs and cats

The available animals that CISAR has up for adoption changes constantly, if you are looking for a specific breed you can either stop by their place of business or give them a call. Here you can find some some of the different dogs that are available  If you are more of a cat person, you can find the site for available cats here The sites are very easy to use and show the name of the pet and a picture, it also states if the pet prefers a home without small kids, cats, or other dogs using icons under the description of the animal.


Local supporters

The following businesses are just a few of whom have helped CISAR and are very appreciated by them as well such as Cub Foods, Red Rose Acres, Biaggis of Bloomington, West Market Wal-Mart, Avantis of Bloomington, Illinois Prarie Community Foundation, The Edna Smith Memorial Fund, Underwood Wildlife, and Great Plains Media. CISAR has been very grateful for all who have helped!

Wish List

Other things that CISAR can use if you are looking to donate are items such as letter size file folders, office supplies, towels, washable dog bedding and sheets, animal toys, cotton balls and swabs, alcohol free baby wipes, construction supplies, tools and farm equipment, furniture for the cat rooms and cleaning supplies. All of these items are needed by CISAR and just about anything else you can think of are very greatly appreciated by them and the furry friends.



Do you want to support CISAR but have no room in your home for a pet? Then visit Big Money Bingo and Charity Hall every Wednesday night to play raffle games and help support CISAR. They are located at 356 Wylie Drive in Normal, right down the street from the Galaxy theater, inside the Crossroads Center. The doors open at 4:30 pm and the first game starts at 6:00 pm. You must be 18 or older to enter and there are no outside food or drinks allowed inside however, there is a concession stand available on site. Its a great way to have fun with your friends and family while supporting CISAR at the same time!

Lakewood Plaza

Stop by Lakewood Plaza in Bloomington on Veterans Parkway and Clearwater Avenue on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to visit the mobile CISAR van. Here you can talk with the people from CISAR about any questions you might have and even see and play with most of the animals that are up for adoption. You can even bring one home if you are looking to adopt that very same day.

Thrift Store

The CISAR thrift store is now open! They are located at 104 S. Linden Street in Normal. The hours are from Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can also drop off any items you may want to get rid of or donate. No item is too big or too small, all donations to CISAR are tax deductible.


Donations can be made to CISAR by visiting the office and dropping off the donation. You can also attend Big Money Bingo on Wednesday nights where all proceeds go to CISAR. If you have any old pet items you don't use anymore or just simply want to get rid of you can either drop them off at CISAR, or even drop them off at their local thrift store. CISAR is always accepting items such as, scoopable cat litter, dog or cat food and water bowls, canned dog and cat food, transportation carriers, kennels, blankets, toys, etc.

10 Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3. Place your trust in me, it is crucial for my well being. 4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up for punishment. I have only you. 5. Talk to me, even if I don't understand your voice when its speaking to me. 6. Be aware however you treat me I will never forget. 7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite. 8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my hear might be getting old and weak. 9. Take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old. 10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, I can't bear to watch it or let it happen in my absence. Everthing is easier for me if you are there. Remember. I Love You!!

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