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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. 

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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

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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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‼🎉ADOPTION UPDATE!🎉‼

❤Remember Quincy (now Baldr)???
Baldr came to WCAS as a stray in late-December, but was never reclaimed by an owner. After a little over a month in our care, Baldr was adopted by his forever family!

Baldr's adopter shared these photos ...& this wonderful update with us-
🐾Hello! I just wanted to send an update on Baldr (formerly Quincy)
We adopted him at the beginning of February. He was quite timid, nervous, and very skittish. Since those first couple days Baldr has adjusted so well. He is definitely comfortable in his new loving environment. He's a wonderful hiking partner, and he can happily tell you about all the wonderful smells the forest has to offer.
He's super loving with everyone in the family! He loves snuggles and kisses! He also loves to eat!! He has put on nearly 20lbs since coming home with us. 🐾

👉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 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11- 3:30pm!

👉We're currently running our 'Mutt Madness' Adoption Event where dogs that are available to go home same-day are only $50 to adopt. Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org -to complete an adoption questionnaire!

📣🚨Day #1 and Yesterday's- Mutt Madness Update! Today is Day 2 of $50 dog adoptions!🚨📣

Yesterday’s WCAS All-Star was Daisy May! Daisy was a first-round draft pick signed by Team “Forever Home”!!!

🏀Help make Day #2 of our adoption event a SLAM DUNK by ...stopping by our facility and meeting with these MVPs!!! (Most Valuable Pups🏆) Check them out below!

🏀 During this event, adoption fees for select adoptable dogs are just $50. Visit our website- www.WinnebagoAnimals.org -to complete an adoption questionnaire ahead of time! Today and tomorrow we'll be open for adoptions from 11am until 4:30pm! Saturday we are open for adoptions from 11am to 3:30pm.

Handsome husky Rockie is ready to get outta here!

Rockie came to us as a stray, and was eventually owner surrendered due to his owner citing that Rockie regularly escapes. After a month in our care, Rockie was adopted, but was returned back to WCAS due to his adopter citing they were ...experiencing landlord issues and could no longer keep Rockie.

Rockie is fun, playful, talkative and rambunctious and he will be a loyal friend and family member to the person who is willing to get to know him and work with him. Rockie really needs a husky experienced family or a person who has really done their research and wants to understand him. Huskies are work - they are so worth it and Rockie is so worth it! This talkative boy loves zoomies and toys and belly rubs. He needs a family he can trust.

If you have had a husky - you know they have an overwhelming desire to run and to be with their pack - be it human or canine - so he needs a home that understands how to keep him safe.

And don't forget, we are currently running out "Mutt Madness" adoption promotion! You can adopt Rockie and other select dogs for just $50!

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

🐾🏀 ‼It's Mutt Madness‼ $50 dog adoptions today thru a limited time‼ 🏀🐾

📢‼Adoption fees will be just $50 for select adoptable dogs. WHAT A STEAL! (pun intended)‼📢

🥇🏆Many of these pups (like those pictured below) have been waiting far too ...long to be adopted. We hope to make this adoption event a Slam Dunk and find our amazing Pups a Perfect First Place Home.🏆🥇

👉 This event will be for dogs that are currently altered and have everything they need to be adopted & go home immediately!
👉 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.

👉Over 33 dogs have come into our facility in the past 5 days. Our kennels are so full of dogs that came to us in need of forever homes that we are at capacity. We have almost 20 dogs currently ready to find families so that we can make room for these other pets in need. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another dog in our community who needs our help!

** During our Mutt Madness adoption special adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. Please visit www.WinnebagoAnimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals. **

🐾🏀 ‼It's Mutt Madness‼ $50 dog adoptions STARTING TOMORROW‼ 🏀🐾

📢‼Adoption fees will be just $50 for select adoptable dogs at WCAS starting tomorrow thru a limited time. WHAT A STEAL! (pun intended)‼📢

🥇🏆Many of these pups (like those ...pictured below) have been waiting far too long to be adopted. We hope to make this adoption event a Slam Dunk and find our amazing Pups a Perfect First Place Home.🏆🥇

👉 This event will be for dogs that are currently altered and have everything they need to be adopted & go home immediately!

👉 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.

👉33 dogs have come into our facility in the past 4 days. Our kennels are so full of dogs that came to us in need of forever homes that we are at capacity. We have almost 20 dogs currently ready to find families so that we can make room for these other pets in need. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another dog in our community who needs our help!
** During our Mutt Madness adoption special adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. Please visit www.WinnebagoAnimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals. **

🐾🏀 ‼It's Mutt Madness‼ $50 dog adoptions STARTING TOMORROW‼ 🏀🐾

📢‼Adoption fees will be just $50 for select adoptable dogs at WCAS starting tomorrow thru a limited time. WHAT A STEAL! (pun intended)‼📢

🥇🏆Many of these pups (like Mamba on the... right and Matty on the left) have been waiting far too long to be adopted. We hope to make this adoption event a Slam Dunk and find our amazing Pups a Perfect First Place Home.🏆🥇

👉 This event will be for dogs that are currently altered and have everything they need to be adopted & go home immediately!

👉 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.

👉33 dogs have come into our facility in the past 4 days. Our kennels are so full of dogs that came to us in need of forever homes that we are at capacity. We have almost 20 dogs currently ready to find families so that we can make room for these other pets in need. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another dog in our community who needs our help!

** During our Mutt Madness adoption special adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. Please visit www.WinnebagoAnimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals. **

🎥🐾 Domino was our Pet of the Week on WIFR TV 23 with Marta Berglund - 23 WIFR this morning.🐾🎥

If you are looking for a co-pilot to join you on your car trips, Domino can be your guy! At just a year old, Domino is an active, playful guy also loves playing with other dogs. He has... enjoyed doggy play dates at WCAS and wouldn't mind a furry sibling in his future! After some exercise, Domino is happy to work on some obedience training. He's a smart young pup who's eager to learn some new tricks. Has he captured your heart yet?

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

📢Shouting...err... Barking a huge "THANK YOU!" to Ms. Sernas's class at Marsh Elementary School!
Two students, Emma & Olivia, came up with the idea to do a class fundraiser for Winnebago County Animal Services and the class raised a whopping $88!!! That's amazing!!! ...Thank you!

🐾Matty, our longest staying resident, is especially thankful for their donation and we'd like to share his story!

Matty has been with us since November 23rd. Matty is looking for a family with an active lifestyle - other dogs are a plus! At just a year old, Matty has lots of puppy energy left to burn off and would love to do so with a canine companion or an adventurous human! Matty loves to give and receive affection as well as spend time outside enjoying the weather. He knows "sit" with a treat for reward and is motivated to learn more!

🐾Matty since Matty is one of WCAS's longest staying resident, this means he is one of our Lonely Hearts Dogs, so 1/2 of his adoption fee is sponsored by the WCAS Auxiliary.
👉Go to www.winnebagoanimals.org to complete an adoption questionnaire

📦 Eyore is the total package! 📦

This five-year-old pup is affectionate, house trained, crate trained, lived with a cat previously, and has lived with another dog.

Eyore was surrendered due to no fault of his own when his owner’s were struggling with finding housing for ...themselves. Eyore loves anything related to play time and would love an active family of his own to engage in activities with him! Eyore enjoys the simple things in life and enjoys them even more if a friend is by his side!

He knows commands like SIT, Cage, and can’t wait to meet his new best friend. Is it you?

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

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