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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

Wilma

Female | 1 yearGuinea Pig
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Wally

Male | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Tangerine

Female | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Tucker

Male | 4 yearsRetriever
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TAFFY

Female | 3 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Betty

Female | 1 yearGuinea Pig
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Scout

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Snow

Male | 8 yearsSiberian Husky
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Rufio

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Livvy

Female | 6 yearsBulldog, American
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Hershey

Male | 4 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Cody

Male | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Godiva

Female | 2 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Capone

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Blu

Male | 5 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Shania

Female | 8 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Butterscotch

Male | 3 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.

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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