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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

Peter Cottontail

Male | 2 yearsAmerican
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Lucky

Male | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Grezelle

Female | 5 yearsTerrier, American Staffordshire
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Albert

Male | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
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Samson

Male | 1 yearCane Corso
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Ganon

Male | 3 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Cinnabun

Male | 2 yearsAmerican
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Minnie Me

Female | 9 yearsDomestic Medium Hair
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Percival

Male | 8 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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considering adopting?

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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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LOST DOG
Jax is a 1-3 yr. old male pit bull mix that went missing on 1/22 on Auburn/Kilburn area in Rockford.
Please call Tammy at ...(815) 494-5318 or (779) 207-5602 with any information.

⭐️⭐️TOMMOROW- (SATURDAY)-$22 Adoptions on dogs who have been searching for a home since LAST YEAR! Start the New Year with your new ...best friend! WCAS is calling on you to make a resolution to adopt a dog in need in 2022!⭐️⭐️

📢‼️All adoption fees will be just $22.00 for dogs at WCAS this Friday & Saturday who have been searching for their forever home since before the New Year. We have dogs who are sending "New Year, New HOME" vibes your way‼

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a large rise in our dog population these past few weeks. We have multiple dogs who have been looking for a family to call their own since LAST YEAR. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another pet in our community who needs our help!

‼ Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of select dogs! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $22 adoption fee‼️

All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event.

⭐️⭐️Many of the dogs (like Lacy pictured above) have been waiting far too long to be adopted. Please share so we can get these pups home for 2022‼️⭐️⭐️

** During our New Year, New Best Friend adoption special adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. Please visit www.winnebagoanimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals.**

⭐️⭐️STARTING TODAY THRU TOMORROW-$22 Adoptions on dogs who have been searching for a home since LAST YEAR! Start the New Year with ...your new best friend! WCAS is calling on you to make a resolution to adopt a dog in need in 2022!⭐️⭐️

📢‼️All adoption fees will be just $22.00 for dogs at WCAS this Friday & Saturday who have been searching for their forever home since before the New Year. We have around 20 dogs who are sending "New Year, New HOME" vibes your way‼️📢

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a large rise in our dog population these past few weeks. We have multiple dogs who have been looking for a family to call their own since LAST YEAR. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another pet in our community who needs our help!

‼️Starting today, January 21st, 2022 through Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of select dogs! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $22 adoption fee‼️

All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event.

⭐️⭐️Many of the dogs (like those above) have been waiting far too long to be adopted. Please share so we can get these pups home for 2022‼️⭐️⭐️

** During our New Year, New Best Friend adoption special adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. Please visit www.winnebagoanimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals.**

‼NEW YEAR, NEW BEST FRIEND - $22 Adoptions on dogs who have been searching for a home since last year‼⭐

⭐️⭐️Start the ...New Year with your new best friend! WCAS is calling on you to make a resolution to adopt a dog in need in 2022!⭐️⭐️

📢‼️All adoption fees will be just $22.00 for dogs at WCAS this Friday & Saturday who have been searching for their forever home since before the New Year. We have around 20 dogs who are sending "New Year, New HOME" vibes your way‼️📢

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a large rise in our dog population these past few weeks. We have multiple dogs who have been looking for a family to call their own since LAST YEAR. When you adopt from WCAS you help us make room for another pet in our community who needs our help!

‼️Starting TOMORROW Friday, January 21st, 2022 through Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of select dogs! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $22 adoption fee‼️

All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event.

⭐️⭐️Many of the dogs like Kane (pictured above) have been waiting far too long to be adopted. Please share so we can get these pups home for 2022‼️⭐️⭐️

** During our New Year, New Best Friend adoption special adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. Please visit www.winnebagoanimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals.**

⭐ Our longest staying resident, Stripes has found his New Home for the NEW YEAR! ⭐

We love and grow extra attached to the animals... that stay with us more days then the rest, meaning it is that much sweeter when they walk through our doors to their forever home!

After 87 days in the shelter Stripes is home. ❤️

Now, our longest staying resident is Boris, who just like Stripes has us scratching our heads as to why he hasn’t found a home yet! He has been searching for his forever home for 77 days! Boris loves to meet new people and make new friends. Here are some words from one of our lovely volunteers, Karen – “I work with Boris every week and he is an absolute gentleman sweetheart! He’s so badly needs a good home with someone who we can share all his love with! Come out and meet him he’d love to spend some time with you!”

‼STARTING TOMORROW -Friday, January 21st, 2022 through Saturday, January 22nd, 2021, WCAS is offering reduced-fee adoptions of select dogs who have been searching for their forever home since before the New Year! During this limited time event you could find your new best friend for a $22 adoption fee‼

We have around 20 dogs who just like Boris, are sending "New Year, New HOME" vibes your way

Please visit www.winnebagoanimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals.

We will be open our normal hours Friday 11am to 4:30pm and Saturday 11am to 3:30pm.

⭐️New Year, New Best Friend⭐️

We’re inviting all interested adopters to kick- off their new year with a new friend!
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👉On Friday, January 21st and Saturday, January 22nd we’ll be offering reduced-fee canine adoptions for dogs who have been at their facility since before the new year. These select dogs will be available for adoption for just $22 during this adoption event.

In order to adopt, you must have an approved adoption application by WCAS. Adopters are encouraged to have their application pre-approved prior to the event. Adoption applications can be submitted online by visiting www.WinnebagoAnimals.org or by visiting WCAS, located at 4517 N. Main St. in Rockford, IL.
All adoptions include a wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including a one year rabies shot, flea and tick preventative, and more. Winnebago County residents also receive a one year rabies registration tag.

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