ServicesAnimal Control

The goal of Animal Control (AC) is to prevent the spread of rabies through vaccinations and education and support a database of registered dogs and cats.

AC staff are responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws pertaining to animal-related complaints. Investigations are done regarding nuisance complaints, allegations of animal cruelty or neglect, as well as reports of stray, roaming or injured animals; or dangerous, vicious or biting animals.

Contact Us

Phone: 815-748-2427
Fax: 815-748-2485

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

After hours: Call your local police to contact Animal Control

Rabies vaccinations and tags are available at veterinary clinics in DeKalb County. If your dog or cat was vaccinated out of county, rabies tags can be obtained at the Health Department.

Stray dogs picked up will be taken to Malta Veterinary Clinic . Dogs picked up in the south end of the county may be taken to Sandwich Veterinary Hospital.  Call to inquire about the procedure and fees to claim your dog.

IDNR District Wildlife Biologist Contact

Wildlife Removal Service Listing

Report a Coyote Sighting

List of Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals updated as of 08/30/2023

List of Shelters updated as of 08/30/2023

Fees for Dog and Cat Vaccinations, Registration and Tags

Registration 1 year altered$20.00
Registration 1 year unaltered $40.00
Registration 3 years altered $52.00
Registration 3 years unaltered $104.00
Late Registration$15.00
Impoundment/Pickup First Offense$80.00
Additional Dog/One Pickup$30.00
Relinquishment Fee altered$50.00
Relinquishment Fee unaltered$75.00
Replacement Tag Fee$10.00

*Unaltered dogs/cats that are unable to be altered due to medical reasons (as determined by a veterinarian) will pay the altered rate. Puppies/Kittens 9 months and under also pay the altered rate.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Laws and Regulations

DeKalb County Code – Chapter 18- Dogs & Cats
Animal Control Act
Humane Care for Animals Act

Frequently Asked Questions

A) Seek medical assistance and call your local police agency to make a report.

A) Yes. According to the law, dog owners must keep dogs on their premises or under their control (on a leash). Cities
within the County also have laws regarding controlling pets.

A) Yes. Every dog/cat over four months old requires a rabies vaccination and a tag from the county. Dog/cat owners that vaccinate at a veterinary clinic within DeKalb County will purchase the tag at the clinic at the same time.

A) You may mail a copy of the vaccination certificate, along with the appropriate fee to Animal Control, 2550 North Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115. You may also bring your pet’s vaccination certificate to the office to purchase a tag.

A) Yes. During business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, Animal Control will respond to stray dog calls. After hours, holidays, or for animal emergencies contact your local police.

A) Yes. There is an impound fee and a board fee. There may also be veterinary fees if treatment is needed. You must provide proof of rabies vaccination and tag, or have your pet vaccinated before claiming.

A) The program does not pick up stray cats.

A) Animal Control will assist with sick or injured wildlife only during normal business hours with the exception of skunks.  Nuisance wildlife will need to be managed by a wildlife removal service Wildlife Removal Service Listing

A) It may not be safe for you to approach or have contact with a bat. Contact Animal Control during normal business hours or your local police agency after hours for assistance.

A) Call Animal Control to report a description of the pet, the general area that it was lost/found, and your phone number. You may also want to give this information to your local Police.