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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.

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animals
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Nimbus

Male | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
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Mamba

Female | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Elsie

Female | 6 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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MC

Male | 5 yearsBulldog
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Dottie

Female | 2 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Draco

Male | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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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.

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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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‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Conley (now Alphonse)???❤
Alphonse came to WCAS in mid-January of this year as a stray and was never reclaimed by an owner. Alphonse eagerly awaited adoption for almost two months until his perfect forever family came to visit and take him ...home.

Alphonse's adopter shared these photos & this wonderful update with us-
🐾I have an update on Conley Now known as Alphonse. We got Alphonse about a month ago. He is very kind and energetic. He loves play fighting with our other dog, Dior. And loves running at the park. He really loves when you pet him, he'll get all under you. Alphonse has been such a great add on to our family and I love him !!! 🐾

👉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!

🎥🐾 Daphne was our Pet of the Week on Eyewitness News with Meteorologist Jordan Wolfe this morning.🐾🎥

Daphne was brought in as a stray when she was found running loose with a small Chihuahua friend she was out adventuring with!
Unfortunately, she was never reclaimed by her ...owner. Daphne loves to lean up to people for pets and explore new places! She also enjoys treats and to learn new things! At just around 2 years old, Daphne is ready to give the rest of his life being loyal to her forever family!

This well mannered pup is waiting for her new family. Is it you?

If you're interested in adopting, visit our website and complete an adoption questionnaire. www.winnebagoanimals.org

Draco has those soulful puppy dog eyes and an adorable head tilt that has a way of pulling at our heartstrings.

Draco came into a our care as the result of his owner's eviction and was never reclaimed by his owner. At 2 years old, This sweet guy will happily sit quietly by your side ...and lend a listening ear. He will look up at you as though he's saying, "Come sit down with me and tell me all about your day." A gentle soul, and a quiet companion, Draco is content to hang out around the house or take a stroll around the block. Draco is loved by all at WCAS, and we are waiting for his one true family to come along and scoop him up.

Part of Draco’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor, Rebecca!
Adopt him for a $100 adoption fee!

👉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 39 pets find adoptive families! This included 15 cats, 15 dogs, 7 chickens, 1 lizard, and 1 fish!🎉🎉

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

✨🎉🐾We are in full celebration-mode here at WCAS!🐾🎉✨

This Week (April 14-20) is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week!

The offices of our Officers & Dispatch Team were festively decorated to kick-off the week and to get everyone in the spirit!
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The Winnebago County Animal Services Officers & Dispatch Team are a group of dedicated individuals that thrive in helping the residents and the animals in the community. WCAS Officers respond to public health and safety issues in cases where animals are involved and investigate animal abuse and welfare concerns. The Animal Services Officers provide service 365 days a year to over 280,000 residents over a coverage area of 500 square miles.

Thank you to all of our Animal Control Officers & our dedicated Dispatch Team for the great work they do for Winnebago County!!!

🎥🐾 Take a look at the WIFR TV 23 pet of the week, Luella with Andy Gannon this morning.🐾🎥

Luella is the most charming gal you will ever meet! This gentle, sweet, 2-year-old is searching for a home to ham it up in. She's easy to please and just needs someone to take a ...chance on her! Got snacks? She'll gladly eat them! Squeaky toys? She loves them! Snuggles on the couch? Count her in! Get ready to fall in love.

Come see this tiny hippo in action and visit her today at the Winnebago County Animal Services!

If you're interested in adopting, visit our website and complete an adoption questionnaire. www.winnebagoanimals.org

✨🎉🐾This Week (April 14-20) is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week!

The Winnebago County Animal Services Officers & Dispatch Team are a group of dedicated individuals that thrive in helping the residents and the animals in the community. WCAS Officers respond to ...public health and safety issues in cases where animals are involved and investigate animal abuse and welfare concerns. The Animal Services Officers provide service 365 days a year to over 280,000 residents over a coverage area of 500 square miles.

Thank you to all of our Animal Control Officers & our dedicated Dispatch Team for the great work they do for Winnebago County!!!

‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Bentley???❤
Bentley first visited WCAS as a stray back in May of 2022, and after just a few days in our care, he was reclaimed by his owner. Fast-forward a year and a half later, and Bentley returned to WCAS, again as a stray, but this time ...his owner did not show up to reclaim him. While in our care, Bentley eagerly awaited adoption, and after being here for a little over a month, Bentley was adopted by an absolutely wonderful family!

Bentley's adopter shared these photos & this wonderful update with us-
🐾Bentley has been doing great he’s settled into his new forever home. He loves long naps and his long walks and run time at the park. He lives for car rides and pup cups. He is a very sweet dog and loves to cuddle. He’s a special part of our family now.🐾

👉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!

📰🐾Dimitri was our Pet of the Week on Eyewitness News this morning with Meteorologist Joey Marino.🐾 📰

Dimitri is a gentle giant (80 pounds with weight to be gained) Shepherd who loves walks and the company of people. He was brought in as a stray when our officers were called out... to a dog running at large. Dimitri was on the run and hard to catch but was able to be lured into a van with the patience of our officers and a little cat food! Unfortunately, his owners never claimed him and he is now ready for a new adventure of finding a forever home.

Dimitri's human friends always remark at his kind eyes and calming disposition. He knows sit, shake, and seems to be house trained. He is an easy going guy who is great with people and other dogs!

👉Come meet with this handsome guy!
Visit our website to fill out an Adoption Questionnaire and then come out to see him in person!
www.WinnebagoAnimals.org

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