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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
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adoption

MAX

Male | 7 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Cinamon

Male | UnknownGerbil
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Pumpkin

Female | UnknownGuinea Pig
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Old Al

Male | 6 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Lady

Female | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Whitney

Female | 10 yearsChihuahua, Short Coat
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Pecan

Male | UnknownGuinea Pig
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Brownie

Male | 3 yearsRetriever, Labrador
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Tuck

Male | 5 monthsDomestic Shorthair
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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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Sassafras

Female | UnknownDomestic Shorthair
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Linny

Male | 5 monthsDomestic Shorthair
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Ming Ming

Male | 5 monthsDomestic Shorthair
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Milton

Male | 3 yearsDomestic Longhair
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Olivia

Female | 14 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Jimbo

Male | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Sweet Potato

Male | UnknownGuinea Pig
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Sugar

Male | 7 monthsGerbil
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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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🐈Happy National Feral Cat Day!🐈
This day was created back in 2002 by The International Fund for Animal Welfare in order to raise ...awareness about cats and proper ways to help and protect them.

🎉To celebrate National Feral Cat Day, we'd like to share a couple WCAS programs that facilitate positive outcomes for feral or semi-feral cats in Winnebago County.

👉Our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Program
Winnebago County Animal Services is one of several community organizations that run a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program to manage the populations of community cats. Cats trapped and brought to us are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped and ear-tipped before being returned to their original territory if they are healthy enough to do so. Spaying/neutering prevents new kittens from being born, rabies vaccines control the spread of the deadly virus and ear-tipping is the universally accepted way to indicate the cat has been altered already.

WCAS designates a set number of TNR appointments per week for unaltered and unowned feral or barn cats. All procedures are done at no cost. All we ask is that residents safely trap cats and bring them to WCAS, then pick them up after they are recovered and release them in the location they were trapped. Working together, we can better manage the cat and kitten population.

Contact us at 815-319-4140 to schedule a TNR appointment or learn more.

🐈Happy National Feral Cat Day!🐈

This day was created back in 2002 by The International Fund for Animal Welfare in order to raise... awareness about cats and proper ways to help and protect them.

🎉To celebrate National Feral Cat Day, we'd like to share a couple programs that Winnebago County Animal Services has that facilitates positive outcomes for feral or semi-feral cats in Winnebago County.

👉Our Working Cat Adoption Program-
While many of the cats who arrive to WCAS can easily live as indoor only pets, some cats are better suited to a semi-outdoor lifestyle. WCAS’s Working Cat Adoption Program’s objective is to give cats who may not be comfortable living in a traditional home setting a positive outcome outside of the shelter. Read more about this program here-

https://winnebagoanimals.org/working-cat/

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Working Cat Program - Winnebago County Animal Services

The WCAS Working Cat Program finds homes for cats that may not be comfortable in a traditional home setting.

winnebagoanimals.org

🐾🐶Do you love taking your dog on long walks and visits to the dog park?

As dog owners, we want to be sure that crossing paths ...with other dogs in public spaces is safe for all parties involved. Here are tips on how to stay safe while crossing paths with other dogs while you're out!

https://winnebagoanimals.org/introducing-your-dog-to-other-dogs-in-public-spaces/

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Introducing Your Dog to Other Dogs in Public Spaces - Winnebago County Animal Services

Love taking your dog on long walks and visits to the dog park? Here are tips on how to stay safe while crossing paths with other dogs while you're...

winnebagoanimals.org

🍂🐹 Looking for a fuzzy friend to curl up with in front of a cozy fire this autumn? 🐹 🍂

You’re in luck! Our friend, ...Pumpkin, arrived to WCAS pregnant and was immediately placed in a foster home to provide a quiet space for her to give birth and raise her babies.

On September 27, 2021 she welcomed 4 beautiful little guinea pigs into the world. Mother and babies have been doing great over the past few weeks and are now ready to find their forever families.

All of these little piggies love to eat their veggies, munch on hay, and just be adorable. Come in and meet Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Pecan, Gourdo, and Sunflower today!

Guinea pigs are a social species and need to be kept with other guinea pigs. In their natural habitat, they live in herds and communicate frequently with each other with sounds and body movements. Your guinea pigs should be kept in groups of at least two individuals.

We currently have SEVEN guinea pigs and two friendly gerbils looking for a home! It's a great time to adopt a small pet at WCAS.

Guinea pigs are great pets for families with kids old enough to help care for them, and are also ideal for apartment living if you don't have enough room for a dog or cat. To learn how to care for guinea pigs visit https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/guinea-pig-care

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

** We are requiring that any two guinea pigs adopted to the same home are of the same sex. This is to prevent further guinea pigs being added to the homeless pet population. **

🐶Happy National Adopt-A-Dog Month!🐶

🎉Have you just welcomed a new dog into your family? See our tips on how to create and ...maintain a lasting bond with your new dog!

https://winnebagoanimals.org/creating-a-bond-with-your-dog/

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Creating and Maintaining a Bond with Your Dog - Winnebago County Animal Services

Have you just welcomed a new addition to your home? See our tips on how to create and maintain a lasting bond with your new dog!

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