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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

Lucky

Male | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Samson

Male | 1 yearCane Corso
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Uno

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Leonardo

Male | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
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Grezelle

Female | 5 yearsTerrier, American Staffordshire
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Albert

Male | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
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Hazel

Female | 4 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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considering adopting?

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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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Do you know this dog? 👀

This male dog (49449587) was found as a stray on N Main St in Rockford, IL. He was brought in to animal ...services on 1/20.

Can you help us find his family?
In the meantime, this handsome guy is available for pre-select adoption. Check out our website for more information on our pre-select adoption process.
www.winnebagoanimals.org

Say Hello to the Fabulous Baxter!

Baxter was adopted from WCAS in 2010 but unfortunately, was not clamed by his owners when he came ...back to us as a stray. He may be older at 11 years old, but Baxter still has that sassy spunk. This golden boy loves to be the center of attention...on his own terms.

Although Baxter has a bit of what we like to call cattitude. He has a ton of love to give. The key to Baxter’s heart is yummy food and chin scratches.

It may take some time to learn his loveable ways but when you do that makes the bond that much sweeter! Does Baxter seem like a great match?

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

Interested in adopting? Go to www.winnebagoanimals.org to complete an adoption questionnaire.

🐰Meet Cinnabun!🐰

Cinnabun came to us as a surrender due to their owners siting that they had too many pets and could no longer ...keep Cinnabun.
Cinnabun is now looking for a family to get back to and love forever.

He can’t wait to meet you, so come to the shelter during our open hours and meet Cinnabun 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- www.WinnebagoAnimals.org

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⭐⭐Albert and Ganon are the last two dogs who have been with us since 2021! ⭐⭐

Our New Year, New Best Friend Dog Adoption Event... was a success in helping us find great homes for our dogs who had been with us the longest.

However, Albert and Ganon are still looking for a family to spend 2022 and all the rest of their lives with! They both were brought in to WCAS on December 29th. That is way to long for these awesome dogs to be in a shelter!

These pups love spending time with people and would love to bring their big hearts and warmth to a forever family!

👉Interested?
Visit our website - www.WinnebagoAnimals.org - and take a peek at these animals' adoption profiles for more information, and be sure to complete an Adoption Questionnaire!

🐰Calling all bunny lovers!🐰

We have 4 rabbits available for adoption!

We currently have 4 adorable bunnies waiting for... their forever homes. There are some great reasons to consider adopting a rabbit! These small animals have big personalities and will entertain you with their bunny binkies. Rabbits are intelligent and can learn tricks and play games. Rabbits are eco-friendly - they love recycled toys like paper towel rolls stuffed with hay or houses made of cardboard boxes. And - of course - they are as cute as can be!

🐰Our rabbit adoption fee is $7! Use those left over funds to get all the supplies you will need to keep your bunny friend happy and healthy in their forever home!🐰

👉For really great and inspiring tips on how to care for house rabbits, visit here: http://rabbit.org/.

👉Interested in adopting? Go to www.winnebagoanimals.org to complete an adoption questionnaire.

** Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to spay/neuter rabbits at this time. Rabbits of the opposite sex will need to go to separate homes to ensure they do not add to the homeless pet population. **

🤍Meet Baxter!🤍

At 11 years young, Baxter came to us as a stray and was never reclaimed by an owner, so his exact background is ...unknown.
Help us get to know Baxter by meeting with him and seeing if they are the right fit for your family!

Old, but wise and young at heart! As a Golden Whiskers cat, their adoption fee is partially sponsored by WCAS Auxiliary and just $20! They’re looking for a home to live out the rest of their golden years! He can’t wait to meet you, so come to the shelter during our open hours and meet Baxter 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!
www.WinnebagoAnimals.org

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