welfare &

Serving People.
Saving Pets.

about our animal welfare & investigation team

Animal welfare and investigations are a top priority. We investigate violations and complaints and enforce state law and local ordinance. Our animal welfare and investigations team provides assistance in the community, investigating animal welfare, cruelty, and neglect as well as public safety concerns. Additionally, our officers represent Winnebago County Animal Services in the community, providing education and information about responsible pet ownership and pet-related laws and ordinances.

reporting a concern

We take public and animal safety seriously, investigating concerns including animal bites, animal welfare and safety checks, rabies control, emergency response for sick and injured strays, and general assistance seven days a week.

Here are the ways you can contact us to report a concern:

For non-urgent reports, complete this online form.

  • Animal Welfare/Neglect – Concerns regarding physical abuse (requires contact by an Animal Control Officer for a statement) or an animal without care
  • Barking – Excessive nuisance barking (refer to ordinances)
  • Running at Large – Dog leaving their owner proptery, not contained by fence, leash, or tether

For urgent reports, including animal bites, injured animals, or animals in severe weather conditions,                 CALL 815-319-4100

Our officers are available seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. During shelter/lobby hours, one of our team members will take your call and direct information to the on-duty officer. Outside of our shelter/lobby hours, leave a message with your name, phone number, and a brief description for why you’re calling. An on-duty officer* will return your call as promptly as possible.

*NOTE: The officer will be returning your call from a restricted phone number.

In emergency situations where human life or safety is at risk, please CALL 9-1-1.

for more information on welfare & investigation:

Customer Service Team


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

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