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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 - 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.

featured
animals
for

adoption

Milton

Male | 3 yearsDomestic Longhair
Meet Me

Jimbo

Male | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Brownie

Male | 3 yearsRetriever, Labrador
Meet Me

Rex

Male | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
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Old Al

Male | 6 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

MAX

Male | 7 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Lukas

Male | 3 yearsTerrier
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Lady

Female | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Sparky

Male | 4 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Layda

Female | 2 yearsSiberian Husky
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Puma

Male | 6 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Harvey

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Bronks

Male | 4 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Benny

Male | 5 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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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.

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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🐶October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month!🐶

Have you just adopted a new dog and are considering crate training your new dog? Crate ...training takes some time and effort, but it is a proven way to help train dogs who act inappropriately without knowing any better. Consider crate training until they learn all of the house rules!
Here are some tips on how to get started-

https://winnebagoanimals.org/dog-crate-training/

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Tips on Crate Training Your Dog - Winnebago County Animal Services

Have you recently welcomed a new dog or puppy into your home? Consider crate training until they learn all of the house rules!

winnebagoanimals.org

🍁🍂🧡Come fall in love with your new best friend!🧡🍂 🍁

📢📢 LIMITED TIME REDUCED FEE ADOPTION EVENT- TODAY ONLY ...📢📢

It's the season of all of your fall favorites: pumpkin spice lattes, Ugg boots, sweaters and fall flowers. Why not add a new best friend into your life too?!

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a large rise in our population these past few weeks. We have multiple dogs who were not claimed by their owners and are now looking for a family to call their own. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another pet in our community who needs our help!

TODAY ONLY WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of dogs, cats and kittens! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $25 adoption fee!‼

All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event.
With cooler weather in our future, now is the perfect time to FALL in love with a feline friend!

This month, Napleton Subaru is donating $100 for every dog adopted! Big thanks to #SubaruLovesPets #MakeADogsDay !

🍁🍂🧡Come fall in love with your new best friend!🧡🍂 🍁

📢📢 LIMITED TIME REDUCED FEE ADOPTION EVENT- TOMORROW ONLY ...📢📢

Summer is over and fall, with sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes, is here! With a shelter full of amazing pets (like the long term residents pictured below, Brownie & Milton) looking for homes, we’re throwing a Fall in Love Adoption Special!

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a large rise in our population these past few weeks. We have multiple dogs who were not claimed by their owners and are now looking for a family to call their own. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another pet in our community who needs our help!

Tomorrow, this Saturday only WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of dogs, cats and kittens! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $25 adoption fee!

All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event.

With cooler weather in our future, now is the perfect time to FALL in love with a feline friend!

This month, Napleton Subaru is donating $100 for every dog adopted! Big thanks to #SubaruLovesPets #MakeADogsDay !

🍁🍂🧡Come fall in love with your new best friend!🧡🍂 🍁

📢📢 LIMITED TIME REDUCED FEE ADOPTION EVENT- STARTING TODAY... AND ENDING TOMORROW‼ 📢📢

Summer is over and fall, with sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes, is here! With a shelter full of amazing pets looking for homes, we’re throwing a Fall in Love Adoption Special!

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a large rise in our population these past few weeks. We have multiple dogs who were not claimed by their owners and are now looking for a family to call their own. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another pet in our community who needs our help!

Starting today Friday, October 22nd, 2021 through Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of dogs, cats and kittens! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $25 adoption fee!

All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event.

With cooler weather in our future, now is the perfect time to FALL in love with a feline friend!

This month, Napleton Subaru is donating $100 for every dog adopted! Big thanks to #SubaruLovesPets #MakeADogsDay !

😍Meet Dexter!😍

Old, but wise and young at heart! As a Golden Whiskers cat, Dexter's adoption fee is partially sponsored by ...WCAS Auxiliary and just $20! Even better, the rest of his adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous admirer of Dexter! He's looking for a home to live out the rest of his golden years!

Dexter came to us as a stray and has not been reclaimed by an owner. He is now eagerly awaiting his forever home!
Interested in meeting Dexter? He can't wait to meet you! Come to the shelter during our open hours and meet him!

Want to have your adoption application on file before you come? You can fill out an adoption application today right through our website! www.WinnebagoAnimals.org

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🐾October is National Animal Safety & Protection Month🐾

This month (and every month) is a time to recognize safety measures ...you should take to protect your pet and ensure they're healthy.

👉Today we'd like to share information on Canine Kennel Cough.
Learn more about canine kennel cough, the signs to look for, and how it is transmitted and treated in dogs.

https://winnebagoanimals.org/kennel-cough/

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Canine Kennel Cough - Winnebago County Animal Services

Learn more about canine kennel cough, the signs to look for and how it is transmitted and treated in dogs.

winnebagoanimals.org

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