The program goal is to prevent rabies by enforcing the Illinois Animal Control Act.
Rabies vaccinations and tags are available at veterinary clinics in DeKalb County. If your dog was vaccinated out of county, rabies tags can be obtained at the Health Department.
The program also picks up stray dogs. Dogs picked up will be taken to Malta Veterinary Clinic (815-825-2077). Dogs picked up in the south end of the county may be taken to Sandwich Veterinary Hospital (815-786-2103). Call to inquire about the procedure and fees to claim your dog.
The program enforces the county ordinance pertaining to animals and applicable state laws.
Contact UsPhone: 815-748-2427
Fees for Dog Vaccinations, Registration and TagsOne year dog registration and tag altered (one year vaccine): $17.00
One year dog registration and tag unaltered (one year vaccine): $34.00*
Three year dog registration and tag altered (three year vaccine): $42.00
Three year dog registration and tag unaltered (three year vaccine): $84.00*
Late registration fee: $10.00
*Unaltered dogs that are unable to be altered due to medical reasons (as determined by a veterinarian) will pay the altered rate. Puppies 9 months and under also pay the altered rate.
FormsFreedom of Information Action (FOIA) (pdf)
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ. 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.
Additional QuestionsFor more information regarding Animal Control, call the Health Department at 815-748-2427, or email staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org (DeKalb County, Illinois).
LinksDeKalb County Humane Shelter (Not affiliated with DeKalb County Health Department or the Animal Control Program)
Tails Humane Society
Outdoor Recreation & Hunting Information
American Kennel Club
Rabies InformationCenter For Disease Control
Rabies Page for Kids
Laws and RegulationsDeKalb County Code - Chapter 10- Animals
Illinois Animal Laws