Animal services

Winnebago County Animal Services wants to “empty the shelter”

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – A local animal shelter makes it easier for people to add a furry friend to their family for the holidays.

Winnebago County Animal Services, 4517 N Main St, hosts “Empty the Shelter” Tuesday through Saturday. It is part of the Bissell Foundation’s national “Holiday Hope” event, which takes place across the country.

They offer reduced adoption fees. It is $ 25 for dogs, cats and kittens. All animals are sterilized or sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped.

Administrators said finding these forever pets means other animals can get the help they need.

“If we have cats and dogs and all of our cages are full, that means there are other pets in our community that may not be able to get our help,” said Amber Pinnon of Winnebago County Animal Services. “So like, we empty those cages, we get houses, we help the pets that are left here at the shelter, then we can help other animals in need in Winnebago County. “

For families looking to adopt, Pinnon recommended one thing in particular before doing so.

“So the main thing is to make sure you discuss things as a family,” Pinnon said. “And, so make sure you have the basics covered. “

She said this includes planning walks and making sure you have a crate or crate for the dogs, and making sure you have adequate supplies and a plan for a litter box location for the cats.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 11 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.