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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 | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Female | 2 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Female | 9 yearsDomestic Medium Hair
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Male | 1 yearDomestic Shorthair
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Female | 4 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Female | 1 yearDomestic Shorthair
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Female | 1 yearDomestic Shorthair
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Female | 2 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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🎉It's National Pet Month!🎉

To celebrate, throughout the month of May, we'll be sharing useful information about pet ...ownership!

🐀Today's pet ownership focus? The basics of owning Rats!

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Rats - The Basics - Winnebago County Animal Services

Rats are intelligent and social animals that can make wonderful pets. Here we share all you need to know to keep them happy and healthy!

🎉It's National Pet Month!🎉

To celebrate, throughout the month of May, we'll be sharing useful information about pet ...ownership!

🐰Today's pet ownership focus? The basics of owning Rabbits!

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Basics of Rabbit Behavior - Winnebago County Animal Services

Learn about the basics of rabbit behavior and what you can expect from your new rabbit.

If you're looking for a handsome, fun-loving, intelligent companion - Lucca is your guy!

At 2-years-old, this young pup is ready... share his big heart with a forever family. Lucca was surrendered due to his owners being no longer able to care for him due to the health of the owner in the home. Lucca is well-adjusted to home life and much prefers it to the shelter environment. Lucca has met other dogs and gotten along great with them. He has also lived with children aged 8 months old to 3 years old and done well. He enjoys spending his time playing keep away and prancing around in the grass!

He can’t wait to meet you, so fill out an application today!
Due to Lucca's long time search for a forever home he is part of the "Lonely Hearts Club" meaning half of his adoption fee has been covered by the WCAS Auxiliary! His adoption fee is $75.

If you're interested in adopting, visit our website and complete an adoption questionnaire.

Pepper is a 4-7 yr. old, 30lb male beagle mix that went missing at the Meijer on Perryville on 5/11/2022.
Please call... Linda at (815) 398-3583 or (779) 348-9837 with any information.

Cali is a 1-3 yr. old, 80lb female Doberman that went missing on 20th St. in Rockford, IL on 5/10/2022.
Please call ...Helene at (815) 222-2020 with any information.

We are in need of wet (canned) cat food.

👉In-kind donations can be dropped off in the designated ...drop-off site right by our back door or right in our lobby during open hours.
👉Items can also be shipped directly to the shelter at 4517 North
Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
You can find everything we need on our Amazon Wish list!

🐾Thank you in advance for any and all donations!🐾

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