Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I get bitten by an animal?
A. Seek medical assistance and call your local police agency to make a report.

Q. Is there a leash law in DeKalb County?
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.

Q: Do I need to buy tags for my dog?
A: Yes. Every dog over four months old requires a rabies vaccination and a tag from the county. Dog owners that
vaccinate at a veterinary clinic within DeKalb County will purchase the tag at the clinic at the same time.

Q: I have had my dog vaccinated out of county or adopted my dog from a shelter that vaccinated. How do I
get a tag?
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.

Q: Does Animal Control pick up stray dogs?
A: Yes. During business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, Animal Control will respond to stray dog
calls. After hours and on holidays, or for animal emergencies, contact your local police.

Q: Is there a fee to get my dog out of impound?
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.

Q: Does Animal Control pick up stray cats?
A: The program does not register cats or pick up stray cats.

Q: Does my cat need a tag?
A: No, tags for cats are not required in DeKalb County.

Q: What about wildlife?
Contact Animal Control if you think wildlife seems abnormal or could be sick with rabies. Otherwise, check the Wildlife Removal Service Listing (pdf)  or the directory for “Animal Removal” in the Yellow Pages of your phone book.

Q: What if a bat is in my home?
A: It may not be safe for you to approach or have contact with a bat. Contact Animal Control or your local police
agency.

Q: I have lost my pet or found a pet. What should I do?
A Call Animal Control to report a description of the pet and the general area that it might be found, and your phone
number. You may also want to give this information to your local Police.