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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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Female | 6 monthsDomestic Shorthair
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Male | 6 yearsDomestic Longhair
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Female | 4 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Male | 2 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Male | 2 yearsGerman Shepherd
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Male | 5 yearsDomestic Longhair
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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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🐶🐾Happy National Dog Month!🐾🐶

To celebrate National Dog Month, we're sharing useful canine-focused resources ...throughout the month!

🏃🐾Walking and jogging are two of the best hobbies you and your dog can share!
Celebrate with a brisk walk or jog with your pup! Need some persuading? Take a look at these amazing benefits of walking and jogging with your dog!

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Benefits of Walking or Jogging with Your Dog - Winnebago County Animal Services

Are you considering adding a walk or run with your dog to your routine? Here are the amazing benefits of walking or running with your dog!

💕❤️Meet the current members of our "Lonely Hearts Club"💕❤️


This exclusive club features cats and dogs whose stay here at WCAS has been a bit longer than we (and they) would like!
Members of the Lonely Hearts Club have half of their adoption fee sponsored by the WCAS Auxiliary!

Visit our website - - and take a peek at these animals' adoption profiles for more information, and be sure to complete an Adoption Questionnaire!

Garfield is an 11-15yr. old male long-haired orange tabby that went missing on 7/27/2022 on the 300 block of Green St. in ...Rockton, IL.
Please call Justin at (815) 262-6148 or (815) 222-1860 with any information.

Niko is a Boxer/Hound mix, under 1 yr. old, that went missing on the 1600 block of Shaw Woods Dr. in Rockford, IL on ...8/4/2022.
Please call John at (815) 540-2211 or (779) 208-7699 with any information.

This 4-7yr. old, male Chihuahua was found on the 10200 block of Chris Dr. in Roscoe on 8/4/2022. He is wearing a bright collar w/ Winnebago County tags.
This dog is currently being cared for by the finder, who can be reached at (608) 289-8265.

🐇Meet Jensen!🐇

Jensen came to us as a surrender due to their owners citing that there was a new baby in the home and they could longer keep Jensen. Jensen 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 Jensen 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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