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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

Cinamon

Male | UnknownGerbil
Meet Me

Sugar

Male | 7 monthsGerbil
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Pumpkin

Female | UnknownGuinea Pig
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Brownie

Male | 3 yearsRetriever, Labrador
Meet Me

Old Al

Male | 6 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

MAX

Male | 7 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
Meet Me

Lady

Female | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Harvey

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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BRONKS

Male | 4 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Milton

Male | 3 yearsDomestic Longhair
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Sassafras

Female | UnknownDomestic Shorthair
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Olivia

Female | 14 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Jimbo

Male | 2 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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🥎🐾 Have you met Bronks? 🐾🥎

After this four-year-old certified-good-boy’s owner passed away he was brought to WCAS, and ...now he's on the search for a new home. This handsome hunk has been searching for his forever family for almost two months and we can't believe it's taking this long for a family to scoop him up! Bronks is kind, knows basic commands, and loves hanging out with his favorite people throwing a tennis ball around. Think he's the one for you?

If you are interested in adopting, visit our website and complete an adoption questionnaire- www.winnebagoanimals.org

🤎Meet Beans!🤎

Beans came to us as a stray and was never reclaimed by an owner, so her exact background is unknown. Help us get ...to know Beans by meeting with her and seeing if they are the right fit for your family! She can’t wait to meet you, so come to the shelter during our open hours and meet Beans 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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LOST CAT
Komeiko is a 1-3 yr. old female tortoise cat that went missing on the 14500 block of Donnalynn Dr. in South Beloit, IL on ...10/18/2021.
Please call LuAnne at (817) 233-5599 with any information.

♥️Meet Max!♥️

Max came to us as a surrender due to his owner siting they were moving and were unable to take Max with them. ...Max is now looking for a family to get back to and love forever. Max would do best in a home with no other animals.

He can’t wait to meet you, so come to the shelter during our open hours and meet Max!

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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🐾 ‼️ Have you viewed our adoptable dogs recently⁉️ 🐾

We have so many amazing pups looking for a home that our kennels ...are almost completely full!

Can you help us find these awesome future companions a family?
These are just a few of our canine friends we have available to be met with for adoption or pre-selection!

📢Shout out to our volunteer photographer, Connie for these great pictures!📢

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

🐾October is National Animal Safety & Protection Month🐾

This month (and every month) is a time to recognize safety measures ...you should take to protect your pet and ensure they're healthy.

👉Today we'd like to share information on Feline Kitty Cold.
Learn more about feline kitty cold, the signs to look for, and how it is transmitted and treated in cats.

https://winnebagoanimals.org/feline-kitty-cold/

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Feline Kitty Cold - Winnebago County Animal Services

Learn more about feline kitty cold, the signs to look for and how it is transmitted and treated in cats.

winnebagoanimals.org

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