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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 - 7:00 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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considering adopting?

add a furry member to your family

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.


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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Brownie is ready to head to his forever home with YOU!

😍This three-year-old stud is a fun-loving, good timing guy who would thrive... in a home with a good sense of humor and someone who adores his amazing personality!

Give him a treat and he's your new best friend. Brownie loves toys and will proudly carry them around in his mouth to show how much he is enjoying being his goofy self!

Interested in adopting? Fill out an adoption application on our website at .

Hi I'm Twerp! Don't let my name deceive you! At 14 years old, I have spent quite some time perfecting the art of being a companion. ...

However, as time goes on and I get older, I forget some of my important manners. What can I say? I am a senior gal; I can be forgetful! I would prefer when meeting new people, we take it slow and start with some head scratches. You know, get to know each other a little. Would you like to meet me?

Interested in adopting? Fill out an application on our website at .

Rowdy is a 1-3yr. old, 70lb, male Collie/Husky mix that went missing on 05/12/2021 around the intersection of Mulford and Linden Rockford. He is skittish around strangers, but loves treats.
Please call Whitney(815-238-5002) or Chad(815-238-9886) with any information.

Rubble is a 1-3yr. old male tabby cat that went missing on 5/7/2021 near the 3800 block of 16th Ave. in Rockford.
Please Patty at (815) 708-5184 or (779) 970-6289 with any information.

🌸Kitten season is in full bloom!🌺

🌷Meet Snapdragon and Blossom!

🌹These adorable kittens are currently available ...for adoption here at Winnebago County Animal Service!

Interested in adopting? Visit to complete an adoption questionnaire!

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