Adoptable Dogs | Winnebago County Animal Services

is a Rockford, IL non-profit animal shelter for local area cats and dogs
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She's concerned the fee could hurt their adoptions.

"I think the city tax that they're trying to impose on cat and dog owners is going to prohibit people from wanting to adopt additional animals or even have the maximum capacity of animals that they can due to increase in costs," said Lauer.

However, Alderman Teena Newburg says the license fee is necessary to help the city make up for a $5 million dollar deficit.

Part of that deficit comes from Winnebago County Animal Services.

In 2012, the animal shelter charged the city $380,000 dollars. That skyrocketed last year to more than $500,000 dollars.

"Rather than the city pay $500,000 dollars a year for animal service control, we would be putting the cost on people who have animals," said Alderman Newburg.

Alderman Newburg says there were several ideas proposed last night that could help Rockford add additional revenue.

She said the city will have to collect fees one way or another to help fill the $5 million dollar deficit.
Visit the shelter in person within 24 hours of losing your pet. Bring a picture of the animal if possible. We are located at 4517 North Main Street in Rockford, IL.
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Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, no kill shelter in Rockford, Illinois that takes in stray and owner surrender cats and dogs. Apr 4, 2014 - A Rockford animal shelter holds onto a soldier's dog after a family member abandoned it while he was away.
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