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All cats and dogs over the age of four months are required to have a rabies vaccination and county license (Winnebago County Code of Ordinances, Ch. 14 Section/s 14-66a and b, 14-67a and b). Veterinarians in Winnebago County sell the county tag when your pet receives its annual rabies vaccination.
If you've recently moved into Winnebago County and your pet was vaccinated in another county, you can purchase a county pet license at our office at 4517 North Main Street.
Call us at 815-319-4100 with any questions, and we will be happy to assist you.
Cost of licensing
  • Dog Altered 1 Year $25
  • Dog Unaltered 1 Year $40
  • Dog Altered 3 Year $75
  • Dog Unaltered 3 Year $120
  • Cat Altered! Year $20
  • Cat Unaltered 1 Year $30
  • Cat Altered 3 Year $60
  • Cat Unaltered 3 Year $90
  • Late Registration, double above fee
  • Duplicate Tag $5
Be sure to bring proof of current vaccinations!
Here are some common vaccination and licensing options:
One year county licensing               
The vaccination and registration parallel each other, which means that if the rabies vaccination was given 12/31/11 and expires 12/31/12; the county tag will be valid from 12/31/11 to 12/31/12 even if the tag was purchased 1 month later.
One year county licensing tag with a three year rabies vaccination                                                                                               
The vaccination may be good for 3 years but unless a 3 year license was purchased, the tag will only be good for one year. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to remember to purchase another tag at the anniversary date of the vaccination.
Three year county licensing tag and three year rabies vaccination                                        
The vaccination and registration tag will expire at the same time. This is the easiest way to remember to vaccinate and register your pet. Even if your veterinarian does not offer a three year tag, you may still purchase a tag from WCAS.

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Winnebago County Animal Services
4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
P: 815-319-4100
F: 815-319-4101

Shelter Hours:
Monday: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM,
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM,
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED
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