Spaying and neutering helps prevent pet overpopulation in our community. That’s why all pets adopted from Winnebago County Animal Services are spayed or neutered before going home. We also help connect families to a variety of affordable spay and neuter resources and manage a trap-neuter-release (TNR) program for feral cats.
spay and neuter resources
Low Income Vouchers
Winnebago County, in conjunction with the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association, offers assistance toward spay and neuter services for pet owners who qualify as low-income. Qualified residents are able to purchase a voucher for $20. Services are provided by the area veterinary hospitals. The remainder of the cost of the spay/neuter is covered by the Winnebago County Spay/Neuter fund and is paid directly to participating veterinarians.
To be eligible for the Pet Population Low Income Vouchers, residents must:
Reside in Winnebago County
Receive Food Stamps/SNAP benefits or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Have a current rabies vaccination and county registration tag for the pet
Be the registered owner of the pet
To prove eligibility, applicants must:
Provide a letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services showing amount of food stamps or SNAP benefits received monthly and/or a letter from the federal government showing monthly SSDI or SSI benefits
Provide the most current W-2’s, two paycheck stubs, or Federal IRS 1040’s of all income earning household members
NOTE: Animal Services is not obligated to reimburse veterinary charges for necessary/recommended medical treatment not related to the sterilization surgery. Applicants should check their veterinarian for his/her procedure and process when utilizing the Pet Population Voucher.
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.
For those who do not qualify under low-income guidelines, there are other organizations that offer spay and neuter resources. Visit their websites to learn more about programs, eligibility and fees.
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
PAWS Humane Society
C.A.R.E. for Pets
The Spay Me! Clinic
Tails Humane Society
for more information on spay and neuter:
Customer Service Team
hours / contact
Monday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*Please note, all adoptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.
Daily: 7:00 AM. – 12:00 AM (midnight)
Phone: (815) 319-4100
Fax: (815) 319-4101
4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103