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Frequently Asked Questions - Animal Control

What to do if you lost a pet.

  1. Contact the Adams County non-emergency dispatch at 217-222-9360 and report your animal that is missing, please give a detailed description of your pet and give all of your contact information to dispatch.

  2. You can also post your lost pet on the "Lost and Found pets of Adams County, Illinois" on Facebook. Please give a detailed description of your pet and your contact info.

  3. You can also contact and report your lost pet to the Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic which serves as the Adams County Animal shelter 217-228-0414

Descriptions of animals may vary from person to person, please consider going to the animal shelter to see if your pet has been brought in.

What to do if you find a lost pet

  1. Contact the Adams County non-emergency dispatch at 217-222-9360 and report the animal that you found. Please give a detailed description of the pet and leave all of your contact information with dispatch.

  2. Post the found pet on the "Lost and Found Pets of Adams County, IL". Please give a detailed description of the pet and your contact info.

  3. you can also take the pet to any local veterinarian and have it scanned for a microchip.

What to do if you see a dog running loose.

Please call and report to our non-emergency dispatch at 217-222-9360 give a detailed description of the dog and the area in which the dog is running.

What to do if You are concerned about an animal’s well being or behavior.

If you are concerned about an animal you can call and report to our non-emergency dispatch at 217-222-9360 please give a detailed description of the animal and the situation in which you are concerned about.

What do you do if there is a wild animal ( bat, raccoon , possum etc. ) in your house?

Animal control is not allowed to enter any attic, crawl space or basement if the wild animal is in any of these spaces you are to call the appropriate pest control service.

Animal control will only apprehend wild life that is in a space that can be reasonably inhabited by human beings or if such animal is sick or injured and poses a threat to humans.

What to do if I’ve been bitten by an animal?

If you have been bitten by an animal, domestic or wild, you should first contact your physician and second contact our non-emergency dispatch at 217-222-9360 to report the bite.

It is the duty of Animal Control to keep a record of all bites reported in the county to help prevent the spread of rabies in the community and also to be kept aware of any aggressive animals in the community.

What is the process of reclaiming my pet that has been picked up by animal control?

Once a pet is picked up by animal control and brought into the shelter, Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic, the owner has 7 days to reclaim said animal.

If an owner is known, within those 7 days animal control will attempt to make contact with them.

To avoid your pet being taken to the shelter and to have them returned to you as soon as possible please:

  1. Have your pet Micro-chipped with all of your updated contact information.

  2. Have an engraved tag with your contact information on it attached to your pets collar.

What is adequate shelter for my pet while it is outside?

Your pet should be able to get out of the wind, rain, and direct sunlight year round. This does not necessarily mean having a dog house, but something with multiple sides and a roof. Some type of loose bedding that your pet can form around him/her is important in the winter months, fresh dry straw is an excellent choice for bedding in the winter for your pet.

Always make sure your pet has access to food and fresh water, using a heated water bowl in the winter is a great tool to keep your pets water from freezing.

What do I do if I find a deceased dog or cat?

You can contact our non-emergency dispatch at 217-222-9360 And report the deceased animal along with the location.

What are my options if I need to surrender my pet?

There are multiple local shelters and humane society’s you can call and set up an appointment to surrender your animal. You can look them up online or in the phone book for their contact info.