Serving People.
Saving Pets.

fostering a pet

From baby bottle kittens to sick or injured animals that need a little TLC, we rely on our volunteer foster homes to keep animals safe and healthy before they can go to forever homes.

becoming a foster family

Our foster homes allow Winnebago County Animal Services to save the lives of hundreds more pets than would be possible through our shelter alone. Fostering is a rewarding experience that helps pets that require a little extra care before they are ready for adoption.

Animals that need foster care include:

Nursing moms and kittens

Heartworm-positive animals

Animals with injuries or medical concerns

interested in joining our foster team?

To become a foster home, you must:

Be at least 18 years of age

Pass a background check

Ensure all cats and dogs in your care are current with a County rabies tag and license

Submit a volunteer application

Complete our foster orientation

for more information on becoming a foster:

Amber Pinnon

Adoption & Volunteer Program Coordinator

hours / contact

Shelter/Lobby Hours:
Monday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 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

additional resources

Aggression in Cats

Is your cat behaving aggressively? Take a look at the various types of aggressive and the provide tips on how to address aggression.

read more

Ready to get started?

Complete and submit your foster application online!