Thank you to our Rock-A-Bully sponsors!

A big bark n-wag of appreciation to our wonderful Rock-A-Bully sponsors!

MELON INK Screen Print, Embroidery and Promotions (Formerly Elegant Embroidery Inc) has been in operation since 1994. Family owned and operated, they pride themselves in excellent service, quality and customer care. 

Melon Ink is a promotional product distributor and proud member of the Advertising Specialty Institute, able to supply your company with every possible promotional product from over 3000 suppliers. Their mission is to help you create long-lasting relationships with your clients through the power of promotional products.


NATURE’S SELECT:  In 1994, Paul & Diana Cavanaugh knew there was a better way to care for their dogs. Living in Orange County, California, they were at that forefront of health, wellness & natural food trends for themselves and their kids. But they knew something was missing from their pet food choices. Like today, most of the choices were low grade foods from cheap quality ingredients manufactured by huge food companies. That problem became the motivation to start of Nature’s Select! Dog lovers searching for the best nutrition for their own pets.

“Our commitment to you is healthy & natural – always was – from day one.”


REPUBLIC BANK of Chicago is a family-owned institution dedicated to serving their local communities and has been deeply rooted in the community since they opened their first branch on Chicago’s southwest side in 1964.  They work hard in their communities every day to serve businesses and individuals and are proud to support a number of worthy causes so that our neighborhoods—and Chicago’s spirit of ingenuity—continue to thrive.

Republic Bank commits hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in donations and sponsorships to reinvest in our communities.  Thankfully, Midwest Rescue is one of them!



SASSER FAMILY HOLDINGS, INC.  is a 4th generation, family-owned transportation asset services and management company with roots dating back to 1928. Its subsidiary businesses are leaders in providing customer-focused rail and vehicle transportation equipment solutions, including asset leasing, repair and maintenance, fleet administration management, and innovative rail technology services throughout North America, Australia, and Europe.



Rock-A Bully Concert

Who’s ready to rock with Twenty Over at the iconic Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille in downtown Palatine?

Midwest Rescue of Illinois is a volunteer based (no one on payroll), foster based (no kennels/shelters) rescue group! We do rescue, advocacy, networking, and fundraising in our free time, (yes, all of us have professional and personal obligations).  100% of your donations go back to our dogs!

Since 1999, Twenty Over has become one of the Northwest Suburbs favorite 90’s rock cover bands, performing great songs from Kings of Leon, The Gin Blossoms, Third Eye Blind, and Lit. They’ll make sure you have a great time!

Lamplighter Inn is a family-owned, neighborhood pub with a friendly atmosphere that’s been attracting loyal customers for 34 years. Food & drink will be available for purchase.

So dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to rock, all while supporting a great cause!

Raffle Prizes ~ Silent Auction ~ 50/50 Raffle

Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 but early bird tickets are available through Eventbrite for only $15! What a deal!

Please join us for a fantastic time and be sure to bring your friends and family!

As much as we love children and dogs, this is a 21+ and people only event.

And if you can’t attend but still want to support our rescue pups, you can donate through PayPal;

Love Match Campaign!

YOU DID IT!   Because of you, we reached our goal of $1,500 (and then some more!) and because of our two amazing donors, your generosity was doubled!  We cannot express our gratitude enough, but please know that our hearts, and the hearts of our rescued pups, are bursting with happiness!



Don’t you love a great rescue love match?  We do and we’re going to share our Love Matches with you as a part of our Love Match Campaign.

If there’s one thing we hope you know about us, it’s that we exist to rescue Chicago-area pit bulls in trouble and find their forever love match.

And if there’s one thing you’ve probably figured out, it’s that (like most grassroots rescues) we’re often just one or two big vet bills away from financial catastrophe. It costs hundreds of dollars to vet a new rescue pup—and some have medical conditions that require more treatment.

Lately, we’ve been struggling to stay on top of our medical expenses: Capricho’s chronic skin problems…our late, much-loved Roma’s kidney disease… our senior Rascal’s heart condition. And now Capricho needs dental surgery, too!

But something wonderful just happened: two of our long-time supporters have volunteered to finance a matching dollar-for-dollar fundraiser for us. For every dollar that people donate, they’ll match it, up to $1,500, so each donation goes twice as far.

We’re so grateful to our “super-donors,” who include our long-time friend and supporter, Angela (who suggested this!) and our generous pals Loni & Stella of Howard Productions for jumping in when they realized we needed a helping hand.

So, welcome to our Love Match fundraiser. With so many expenses already this year, we want to ensure we can keep saving more pups. To (hopefully) inspire you to be part of this, we’ll be sharing love match stories we’ve played a role in over the years.

There’s three ways to donate:
• Via JustGiving HERE
• Thru PayPal, to
• By mailing a check to Midwest Rescue of Illinois, Inc., P.O. Box 95534, Hoffman Estates, IL 60195

We hope you’ll consider donating in honor of your own special Love Match.

Meet Our Adopt-a-bulls!

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Audrey                              Twilight (Adoption Pending!)                   Capricho                 Zorra


Flip                               Maggie                    Rocket


If you are interested in finding our more about any of these four lovely pups, please CONTACT US.  Or if you are interesting in adopting, please fill out our ADOPTION APPLICATION.



Midwest Rescue of Illinois, Inc. Apparel

From tee shirts to hoodies, from baby outfits to doggie clothes, from computer skins to phone covers, we have what you want!

HoodieLong sleeveJammiesDoggie TeeToteBaseball cap

Check out our store on Cafe Press and we promise you won’t leave without buying something fun for yourself, your furkid or your favorite person!

To shop and order:

Volunteer. Foster. Adopt. Give.

Midwest Rescue of Illinois, Inc is a small group of caring individuals who are determined to make a positive impact in the lives of pit bulls. We are a volunteer run and foster based rescue.

Volunteer run? Yes, we are all volunteers of Midwest Rescue. The board members and volunteers are not paid; each individual that supports Midwest Rescue also has a full-time job. We do this in our free time because we care.

Want to volunteer? GREAT! Attend an adoption day and other local events. Organize a fundraiser. Help with the daily operating activities. Let us put your skills and talents to work.

Foster based? This means Midwest Rescue does not have a shelter or facility. We rely solely on caring individuals to open their homes, providing a loving, structured home life for our dogs. Midwest pays for the food, crate and vetting for a dog within our rescue. Fosters provide a healthy, caring home environment, in addition to playing a key role in helping a dog find the perfect home.

This limits how many dogs we can have in rescue at any one time. We can’t accept more dogs than we have homes and funds for.

Adopt? We are looking for loving families and owners to give our dogs the great homes they deserve. We work closely with people to make sure the dog they want to adopt is the right “fit” for them.

Give! We run completely on your donations. Midwest Rescue of Illinois, Inc does not receive funding from the State or Federal government. The monies that people like you donate provide Midwest with the power to save more lives.


Get Involved!

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