Every year Winnebago County Animal Services in Rockford finds homes for thousands of pets, but sadly their cages are still usually filled to capacity.

Animals get lost, and too often pet owners are forced to relinquish ownership of their animal when they discover they can no longer care for it. More point here is; things happen, and thankfully the doors at Winnebago County Animal Services are open to help animals in need.

As the temps begin to go up in Rockford, so do the number of animals arriving at Winnebago County Animal Services. So, in order to get a jump ahead of their "busy season", the shelter will once again participate in the Bissell Pet Foundation's "Empty the Shelters" event this Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 8.

From May 5 to May 8, the adoption fees on select pets at Winnebago County Animal Services will be discounted to $25, because the Bissell Pet Foundation will be sponsoring the remainder of the usual adoption fee.

What You Need to Do to Adopt a Pet During the "Empty the Shelters" Event

According to a recent press release from Winnebago County Animal Services;

Please visit www.winnebagoanimals.org to view pets at Winnebago County Animal Services and complete an adoption questionnaire. Adopters who fill out a questionnaire online and stop in to get their approval card prior to the day of the event, will be the first to view our adoptable animals.

Due to the frequent turnover of available pets here at our shelter, please keep an eye on our website which is always up to date!

Make sure you get your adoption application process started in advance by clicking here now.

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