SERVING PEOPLE. SAVING PETS.

COVID-19 Updates CLICK HERE

view our
adoptable
dogs

view our
adoptable
cats

view other
adoptable
animals

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

Hammy

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
Meet Me

Milo

Male | 2 yearsGerman Shepherd
Meet Me

Moose

Male | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

Brownie

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

Peaches

Female | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

Arden

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

Thelma

Female | 6 monthsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Spice

Male | 3 monthsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Landis

Male | 3 yearsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Louise

Female | 6 monthsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Rita

Female | 4 yearsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Mary Lou

Female | UnknownDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Bobby

Male | 3 yearsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

Egypt

Male | UnknownDomestic Longhair
Meet Me

Butterball

Female | 4 yearsDomestic Shorthair
Meet Me

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.

we’re social animals

join our pack

‼🐾TODAY IS THE DAY - LET'S CLEAR THE SHELTER 🐾‼️

Take a look at some of the pets who's adoption fees will be ...waived during our Clear the Shelter Event!

Winnebago Animal Services will be hosting it’s annual Clear the Shelters event this Friday, Sept 17th and Saturday, Sept 18th. This event couldn't have arrived at a better time! Our kennels are full of amazing pets who are looking for a home!

During this special event, adoption fees will be WAIVED for select adult dogs and cats.

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.

We will be open our normal hours Friday, 11am to 4:30pm and Saturday, 11am to 3:30pm.
During #CleartheShelters, adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day.

The fee-waived adoptions for this event are sponsored by the Winnebago County Animal Services Auxiliary (WCASA).

** To ensure the health and safety of volunteers, staff, and those visiting the shelter, WCAS requires that every person wear a face mask and maintain social distancing while at the facility.**

‼🐾STARTING TOMORROW - LET'S CLEAR THE SHELTER ‼️🐾

Take a look at some of the pets who's adoption fees will be ...waived during our Clear the Shelter Event!

Winnebago Animal Services will be hosting it’s annual Clear the Shelters event this Friday, Sept 17th and Saturday, Sept 18th. This event couldn't have arrived at a better time! Our kennels are full of amazing pets who are looking for a home!

During this special event, adoption fees will be WAIVED for select adult dogs and cats.

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.

We will be open our normal hours Friday, 11am to 4:30pm and Saturday, 11am to 3:30pm.
During #CleartheShelters, adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day.

The fee-waived adoptions for this event are sponsored by the Winnebago County Animal Services Auxiliary (WCASA).

** To ensure the health and safety of volunteers, staff, and those visiting the shelter, WCAS requires that every person wear a face mask and maintain social distancing while at the facility.**

🐾🗞 Big thanks to Beloit Daily News for spreading the word about our Clear the Shelter event starting tomorrow! 🗞🐾

‼️ ...WE ARE READY TO CLEAR THE SHELTER ‼️

Winnebago Animal Services will be hosting it’s annual Clear the Shelters event staring tomorrow, Friday, Sept 17th and Saturday, Sept 18th. This event couldn't have arrived at a better time! Our kennels are full of amazing pets who are looking for a home!

During this special event, adoption fees will be WAIVED for select adult dogs and cats.

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.

We will be open our normal hours Friday, 11am to 4:30pm and Saturday, 11am to 3:30pm.

During #CleartheShelters, adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day.

The fee-waived adoptions for this event are sponsored by the Winnebago County Animal Services Auxiliary (WCASA).

** To ensure the health and safety of volunteers, staff, and those visiting the shelter, WCAS requires that every person wear a face mask and maintain social distancing while at the facility.**

https://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/illinois-news/clear-the-shelter-event-set-for-friday-and-saturday/article_a7c26fbc-5783-5b2e-9616-d1e8c0d06c80.html

Image for shared link
Clear the shelter event set for Friday and Saturday

Pet adoption fees will be waived this weekend for a Clear the Shelter event at the Winnebago County Animal Shelter in Rockford.

www.beloitdailynews.com

LOST CAT
Oliver is a 1-3yr. old male orange tabby that went missing on Welworth Avenue in Rockford, IL on 9/13/2021.
Please call Josh ...at (630) 338-5451 with any information.

🎉🐾🐱Happy National Cat Month! To celebrate National Cat Month, we're sharing useful cat-focused resources throughout the month! ...

🌱🌿Wondering which plants should be avoided if you own cats? Review our listing of plants poisonous to cats to be sure your home is a safe space.

https://winnebagoanimals.org/cats-and-houseplants/

Image for shared link
Cats and Houseplants - Winnebago County Animal Services

Wondering which plants should be avoided if you own cats? Review our listing of plants poisonous to cats to be sure your home is a safe space.

winnebagoanimals.org

☝️Wait for it…

✨Meet Cinamon & Sugar!✨

These adorable gerbils are available for adoption here at Winnebago ...County Animal Services!

Interested? Complete an Adoption Questionnaire at www.WinnebagoAnimals.org and stop by to visit them!

#gerbils #gerbilsofinstagram #gerbilsofinsta #rescuegerbils #cuteanimals #rescueanimals #rescueanimalsofinstagram

making news