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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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Male | UnknownDomestic Shorthair
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Female | 4 yearsDomestic Longhair
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Male | 6 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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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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Noon is a 1-3yr. old male Snow Bengal cat that went missing on 5/2/2021 in Lake Summerset, IL near Winborne Rd. Noon’s owner ...informed us that he is 13lbs, is neutered, and is microchipped.
Please call Kassidy at (847) 769-0765 with any information.

📣Calling all guinea pig lovers!📣

❤️Bumble and Bee are two guinea pig buddies who would like to go to a forever home ...together!
❤️Bumble is shy and sweet, while Bee has an adventurous side

👍Guinea pigs are great pets for families with children old enough to help care for them, and are also perfect for apartment living if you don’t have enough room for a dog or cat.

Interested in adopting? Go to to complete an adoption questionnaire!

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Ginger is a 1-3yr. old female small lab mix that went missing on 5/3/2021 around the N. 2nd St. and River Lane intersection. She ...has a white underbelly and white paws.
Please call Mary at (815) 543-3810 or (779) 208-5766 with any information.

Tigger is a 7-10yr. old male tabby cat that went missing on 5/4/2021 around the 600 Block of Clarks Dr. in Rockford, IL. ...Tigger’s owner informed us that he is 10lbs and is neutered.
Please call Emily at (601) 549-1433 with any information.

‼Crush is showing his best side to get ready for the Empty Shelter Event STARTING TOMMOROW‼

That snaggle-tooth pout is pretty ...cute, but we'd rather see him perky and in a home of his own.

Winnebago Animal Services will be participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters Event starting tomorrow, Wednesday May 5 through Saturday, May 8. During this time, adoption fees will be $25 for selected pets.

Please visit 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.

Due to the frequent turnover of available pets here at our shelter, please keep an eye on our website which is always up to date!
We will be open our normal hours Wed 11am to 4:30pm, Thursday 11am to 4:30pm, Friday 11am to 4:30pm and Saturday 11am to 3:30pm.

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

** Pets available for pre-select adoption do not qualify for this event **

On 4/30/2021 this male Chihuahua mix was found on Grove Hill Rd. He is estimated to be 7-10yrs old and is approximately 7lbs. ...
This dog is currently being cared for by the finder, who can be reached at (815) 975-5368.

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