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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

Jaguar

Male | 8 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Janine

Female | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Slim Jim

Male | 1 yearRottweiler
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PINKY

Female | 12 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Nico

Male | 3 yearsBorder Collie
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Cosmo

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Blazer

Male | 2 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Conner

Male | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Dozer/Chongo

Male | 5 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Sophia

Female | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Wanda

Female | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Gordon

Male | 3 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Hank

Male | 8 monthsDomestic Medium Hair
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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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📰🐾Matcha, the 4 month old puppy, was our Pet of the Week on WIFR TV 23 this morning .🐾 📰

Matcha is ready to be your girl!... She was brought to WCAS she was found wandering around on her own as a stray. This young pup loves to spend her time playing with her other four-legged friends, showing off her irresistibly puppy dog eyes, and napping. Matcha is a young girl who will need an active family to teach her how to grow into a well-mannered dog! She is already well on her way by knowing “sit”, being gentle when taking treats, and loving affection!

Think she's the one for you?
Haven't applied yet? No worries! You can visit our website and complete an adoption questionnaire below. ⬇
www.winnebagoanimals.org

https://www.wifr.com/2022/09/26/pet-week-matcha/

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Pet of the Week: Matcha

Pet of the Week: Matcha

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🚨🚨CODE RED🚨🚨
‼️OUR POPULATION IS AT CRITICAL CAPACITY‼️

Our dog kennels have reached maximum capacity and we ...need your help!!!
We currently have-
🐶 80 dogs in the building and we have had to double up kennels- giving dogs limited space.
🐱 75 cats in the building and we are quickly running out of open enclosures.

📢 41 of the 80 dogs and over 55 of the 75 cats at our facility are available for adoption- some of which are featured in this post!
📢If you're interested in adopting, please visit www.WinnebagoAnimals.org to view all pets currently at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. We're open for adoptions until 4:00pm today and will be open tomorrow from 11am until 3:30pm for adoptions!

Please share, tag friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers!
💔Help us help the pets of Winnebago County💔

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👀🚨Do you know any of these dogs?🚨👀

Our dog population is quickly approaching maximum capacity and we would love to reunite... these dogs with their families!

Can you help us find their families? Each dog's Intake Date & Location Found is include in their photo's caption.
👉If you believe one of these dogs is yours, please call us at 815-319-4100 and one of our call takers can speak with you about next steps.

🚨🚨CODE RED🚨🚨
‼️OUR POPULATION IS AT CRITICAL CAPACITY‼️

Our dog kennels have reached maximum capacity and we... need your help!!!
We currently have-
🐶 80 dogs in the building and we have had to double up kennels- giving dogs limited space.
🐱 75 cats in the building and we are quickly running out of open enclosures.

📢 41 of the 80 dogs and over 55 of the 75 cats at our facility are available for adoption- some of which are featured in this post!
📢If you're interested in adopting, please visit www.WinnebagoAnimals.org to view all pets currently at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. We're open for adoptions until 4:00pm today and will be open tomorrow from 11am until 3:30pm for adoptions!

Please share, tag friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers!
💔Help us help the pets of Winnebago County💔

✨Meet Jax!✨

Jax came to us as a stray and was never reclaimed by an owner, so his exact background is unknown. We do know that ...when Jax arrived at WCAS he was quite nervous. Our team worked with him and found that he interacts with staff very well and has shown no signs of aggression outside of the kennel environment. Jax is now looking for a family to get back to. He can’t wait to meet you, so come to the shelter during our open hours and meet Jax and other pets ready to find new homes.

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

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🚨🚨CODE RED🚨🚨
‼️WCAS IS AT MAXIMUM CRITICAL CAPACITY‼️

📢Our dog kennels are at critical capacity and we ...need your help! There are nearly 80 dogs in the building and we have had to double up kennels- giving dogs limited space.

📢33 of those nearly 80 dogs are available for adoption! Those 33 dogs are all pictured here along with the adoption profile.

📢If you're interested in adopting one of these wonderful dogs, please visit www.WinnebagoAnimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. We're open for adoptions from 11am to 4:00pm tomorrow!

🚨🚨Please share, tag friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers!
We need help for the pets of Winnebago County💔

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