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McHenry County Animal Control

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We are a division of McHenry County (IL) Department of Health, and provide municipal Animal Control services for the county. Our offices and Pet Adoption Center are located in Crystal Lake; we serve all of McHenry County.

Friends of McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center is the non-profit group that supports the Adoption Center; we work with the Animal Control staff to take care of the adoptable pets, increase awareness of MCAC services and adoptable pets, and educate our community about responsible pet ownership and the prevention of cruelty to animals.

About Our Shelter:

We're the municipal animal shelter for McHenry County, IL. Many wonderful pets are found as strays in the cities around McHenry County; we give them refuge at the shelter until their families reclaim them. Unfortunately some dogs, and a great many cats, are never reclaimed by their families.

If they aren't, we spay/neuter the cat or dog, give them all the necessary (age-appropriate) shots, and microchip them. They're then moved into our Adoption Center to wait for their new family to discover them!

(We also bring cats and dogs to off-site adoption events, including weekends at Petsmart in Crystal Lake, occasional weekends at On Angels' Wings Pet Adoption Center in Crystal Lake, and adoption events sponsored by the McHenry County Animal Welfare Coalition, of which we're a member.)

Donate to Our Shelter...

Friends of MCAC, 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Come Meet our Pets:

We're located at 100 N. Virginia Street (at the intersection of Rt. 14 and Woodstock Street, 1 block south of Rt 176).

Our Pet Adoption Center is open 10:30 - 4:30 Monday - Friday (until 6:30 on Wednesday), and 10-2:30 on Saturday. We are closed on Sunday.

We also bring pets to many offsite adoption events; please follow us on Facebook for the latest news on where we'll be! (Search for McHenry County Animal Control Adoption Center on Facebook, or @McHenryCtyPets on Twitter.)

Our Adoption Process:

When you come into our shelter, you'll fill out a pre-adoption form (basic questions about your expectations as a pet guardian). After that form is
submitted to the front desk, an adoption counselor will show you the pets you're interested in (dogs, cats). If you decide you'd like to adopt a pet, we'll ask you to fill out an Adoption Agreement form, pay the $80 adoption fee, and you'll be able to take your new family member home! (Please note - if you rent your home or apartment, you'll need an official letter from your landlord stating that you have permission to have a pet.)

Your new pet has already been spayed/neutered, microchipped, and has all age-appropriate shots. You'll also receive a certificate for a free first vet visit with a participating veterinarian, as well as information about welcoming the pet into your home, and first bag of pet food.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.