Animal services

Winnebago County Animal Services at ‘maximum critical capacity’

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – The Winnebago County Animal Services refuge says it is experiencing “maximum critical capacity”.

“A few days ago we brought in 25 cats from a condemned house and so it’s the community and we have to be there for the community, we have to make sure we are available to have that space to cope. to situations like that in,” said adoption coordinator Amber Pinnon.

A pit bull, named Jasper, entered the shelter as a stray last year. He was adopted, but was picked up as a stray in July.

“We have approximately 80+ dogs in the building and 90+ cats and so when we get to those numbers it means animal accommodation needs to be reduced or doubled, and [that] is also very difficult for the staff,” Pinnon said.

Jaguar, a tomcat, came into the shelter as a stray and wasn’t moving very well, Pinnon said. He had to undergo a medical examination and has since made a full recovery. He has been at the shelter for over a month.

“When we’re full like this, we really want to make sure we find pet homes so we can make room for another animal in need in our community,” she said.

WCAS encourages anyone considering getting a new pet to stop by their office at 4517 North Main Street and adopt a shelter animal.

“We hope that people can be the solution for these animals and that we can help people build good relationships and make space in the shelter for other pets in need, while helping people to have that human-animal bond and bring those animals home. “Pinnon said.