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SERVING PEOPLE. SAVING PETS.

winnebago county animal services is a department of Winnebago County government covering more than 500 square miles and serving the more than 280,000 residents who call Winnebago County home. We provide a number of services including pet licensing and registration, veterinary care to animals in need, animal welfare and cruelty investigations, pet adoptions, and more.  

The Animal Services department cares for an average of 4,000 animals each year, serves all municipalities, and is the only government run animal services/animal sheltering organization in the county.  We work to find homes for pets not reclaimed by their owners. If you are considering adoption we encourage you to view our adoptable pet listings, which are automatically updated every few minutes throughout the day.  If you don’t find the pet you’re looking for at Animal Services, also consider visiting other nonprofit shelters and rescues in the community. 

hours / contact

Shelter/Lobby Hours:
Monday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED
*Please note, all adoptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.

Patrol Hours:
Daily: 7:00 AM. – 12:00 AM (midnight)

Phone: (815) 319-4100
Fax: (815) 319-4101

Main Shelter

4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103

our services

In addition to pet adoption, WCAS offers services to help keep the pets and people of Winnebago County safe and healthy.

Pet Registration

Pet registration is required by law and a great way to help your pet get back home if they become lost. Plus, these fees fund our services.

Animal Welfare & Investigations

Our team investigates animal welfare and safety concerns. We also offer outreach and education about responsible pet ownership.

Vaccinations & Rabies Control

Regular vaccination is required for all cats and dogs and helps keep our pets and community healthy. Our team investigates bite incidents to prevent the spread of the rabies virus.

Spay/Neuter & TNR

Spaying/neutering pets helps prevent pet overpopulation in our community. Learn more about spay/neutering and our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program to control barn and feral cat populations.

featured
animals
for

adoption

Mamba

Female | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Rhino

Male | 4 yearsBulldog, American
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Draco

Male | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Akacia

Female | 3 yearsBulldog
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Apollonia

Female | 3 yearsRetriever, Labrador
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Tabitha

Female | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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LC

Female | 5 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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considering adopting?

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Winnebago County Animal Services works to find happy and healthy homes for adoptable dogs, cats, and other animals. We make finding and bringing home your new family member easy and affordable.

animal
fostering

interested in becoming a foster?

Fostering is a wonderful and rewarding way to help animals who require a little extra attention and care before they are able to be adopted into a permanent home.

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Winnebago County Animal Services will be closed today, Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.

If you need assistance, Animal Control Officers are on duty- Please call 815-319-4100 if you have an animal-related complaint or have found a lost animal.

Winnebago County ...Animal Services will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28th, at 11am.

Winnebago County Animal Services will be closed tomorrow, Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.

If you need assistance, Animal Control Officers are on duty- Please call 815-319-4100 if you have an animal-related complaint or have found a lost animal.

Winnebago County ...Animal Services will re-open on Tuesday, May 28th, at 11am.

Today's pawffice assistant, Ms. Dot, is enjoying her day of lounging around behind the desk and keeping employees company today! 🖤

She would like to invite you to come meet her and her friends at WCAS!

8 year old Ms. Dot was surrendered to WCAS through no fault of her ...own. Her family was having housing issues and could no longer keep her. At 8-years-old, she is looking for somewhere to spend her golden years! Ms. Dot's family told us all about her! She is crate trained, house trained, and lived with dogs, and children!

She is a very laid back gal who is looking for someone to give all her love and kisses in exchange for a loving family again.
Could you provide the home that this little old lady deserves?

💛 8 year old Ms. Dot is part of our Golden Whiskers squad! Pets 8 years and older at WCAS have ½ of their adoption fee sponsored by the WCAS Auxiliary!
👉Interested?
Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org - and take a peek at these animals' adoption profiles for more information, and be sure to complete an Adoption Questionnaire!

‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Kaia & Milo???❤
Kaia & Milo came in earlier this month as strays. After a handful of days in our care, their owner came to WCAS, but rather than reclaim Kaia & Milo, they surrendered both dogs. Thankfully, these two stunning pups... didn't have to wait too long for adoption- just a few days after being released to WCAS, they were both adopted by the same family and got to go home TOGETHER!

Kaia & Milo's adopter shared this amazing photo of these two WCAS Alumni with their new dog sibling! It definitely looks like they're living their absolute best life!

👉Interested in creating your own adoption story?
We have lots of amazing dogs & cats available for adoption! We are open for adoptions today until 4:30pm!

👉Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org -to complete an adoption questionnaire!

Meet Stetson, a 4-year-old bundle of joy with a love for playtime that's as big as his smile!

Known for being one of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet, Stetson enjoys every moment he can get chasing his favorite ball or exploring the outdoors. Whether you're throwing a ...ball in the yard or just chilling at home, Stetson is ready to be right by your side with all the love and loyalty you could wish for. 🐾😊

Stetson's adoption fee has been completely sponsored by Care for Pets!

👉Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org - to view all of the pets currently available for adoption and to complete an adoption questionnaire!

🎉🎉 Last week, Winnebago County Animal Services helped 45 pets find adoptive families! This included 23 cats and 22 dogs!🎉🎉

For more information on adoptable pets, please visit our website at
www.winnebagoanimals.org .

‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Pepper (now Kenji)???❤
Kenji came to WCAS as a stray along with her four other littermates in May of 2023 when they were just a couple of months old. They were never reclaimed by an owner so Kenji and the rest of the litter were made ...available for adoption. Kenji didn't have to wait long, he was quickly adopted by a wonderful family!

Kenji's adopter shared these adorable photos to celebrate one year with this handsome fella!
🐾It’s been one year since we brought our kitten (Pepper, now called Kenji) home. He’s grown into quite the distinguished gentleman.🐾

👉Interested in creating your own adoption story?
We have lots of amazing dogs & cats available for adoption! We are open for adoptions tomorrow, Monday, from 11am - 4:30pm!

👉Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org -to complete an adoption questionnaire!

‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Ruckers???❤
Ruckers came to WCAS as a stray in mid-March of this year and was never reclaimed by an owner. He eagerly awaited adoption for a month & a half and received his May Day wish- he was adopted by an AMAZING family on May ...1st!

Ruckers' adopter shared these wonderful photos and this heartfelt update-
🐾Just wanted to let you know how Ruckers is doing since his gotcha day May 1st! He’s living his best life that’s for sure~ Rock cut daily, playing and catching ball all the time, bed hogs our Cal king bed, loves his toys, bones from the meat market and long walks and snuggles!! He listens on commands and it was like we’ve had him since a pup. Thank you and your staff for everything you do!!🐾

👉Interested in creating your own adoption story?
We have lots of amazing dogs & cats available for adoption! We are open for adoptions today from 11am - 3:30pm!

👉Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org -to complete an adoption questionnaire!

‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Pierre (now Tater)???❤
Tater first came to WCAS in January of 2023 as a stray and was never reclaimed by an owner. After a little bit of time in our care, he was adopted, but was returned just a few weeks later due to his over-exuberant ...nature. Tater spent the next three months at our facility eagerly awaiting adoption until his day finally came and he was adopted!

Tater's adopter shared these wonderful photos to celebrate Tater's 1-year Gotcha Day!

👉Interested in creating your own adoption story?
We have lots of amazing dogs & cats available for adoption! We are open for adoptions today until 4:30pm!

👉Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org -to complete an adoption questionnaire!

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