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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

Oden

Male | 1 yearSiberian Husky
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Jackson

Male | 1 yearGerman Shepherd
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Toby

Male | 2 yearsSiberian Husky
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Violet

Female | 1 yearTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Old AL

Male | 6 yearsTerrier, Pit Bull
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Gemma

Female | 2 yearsTerrier, American Pit Bull
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Tuli

Female | 1 yearDomestic Shorthair
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Star

Female | 1 yearDomestic Shorthair
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Chase

Male | 1 yearTerrier, Pit Bull
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Shrimp

Male | 2 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Charlie Barkin

Male | 1 yearGerman Shepherd
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Rhea

Male | 1 yearDomestic Shorthair
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Marley

Female | 5 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Ronald

Male | 3 yearsSiamese
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Peppy

Female | 4 yearsDomestic Shorthair
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Pearl

Female | 2 yearsDomestic Longhair
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Chloe

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.

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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🎉It's National Pet Month!🎉

To celebrate, we'll be sharing useful information about pet ownership throughout May!
...
👉Today's pet ownership focus? The basics of owning Parakeets!
https://winnebagoanimals.org/parakeets-the-basics/

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Parakeets - The Basics - Winnebago County Animal Services

Learn more about what is involved when having a parakeet as a pet & about the basics of how to best care for them so they're happy and healthy.

winnebagoanimals.org

😻 Calling all cat lovers‼ 😻

Have you seen all the cats on our website that are looking for a home?

These cuties are a... few of many cats and kittens looking for a family to love.

Not in a position to adopt but still want to help? We are in desperate need of canned kitten and dry kitten food!

Check out our amazon wish list or send/drop off donations to 4517 N Main St. Rockford, IL 61103 . https://a.co/b9rBc5c
For more information, please visit our website: www.winnebagoanimals.org

👀Marley is MODEL MATERIAL!

✔️The Stare
✔️The Pose
✔️The Cattitude

Marley came to us as a stray and ...was never reclaimed by an owner, so her exact background is unknown. Help us get to know Marley 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 Marley 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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🚨LOST CAT🚨
Phoenix is a 1-3 year old cat that went missing on 5/18/2022 in the Forest Hills Village Mobile Park.
Please call ...Cynthia at (708) 724-8479 or (219) 477-8442 with any information.

🚨LOST CAT🚨
Lilith is a 1-3 year old female cat that went missing on 5/16/2022 on the 200 block of N. Rockford Ave. in Rockford, IL. ...
Please call Nicole at (815) 990-6638 or (815) 262-1786 with any information.

🎉It's National Pet Month!🎉

To celebrate, we'll be sharing useful information about pet ownership throughout May!
...
👉Today's pet ownership focus? The basics of owning Chinchillas!
https://winnebagoanimals.org/chinchillas-the-basics/

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Chinchillas - The Basics - Winnebago County Animal Services

Chinchillas are gentle, bright pets when well cared for. Here we share all you need to know to keep them happy and healthy!

winnebagoanimals.org

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