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Grundy County Animal Control is dedicated to safeguarding the welfare of our community’s animals. Our mission is to promote responsible pet ownership, enforce animal-related laws, and ensure the humane treatment of animals. From reuniting lost pets with their owners to providing care for the abandoned, abused and stray animals, we’re here to serve Grundy County with compassion and expertise. Discover how we’re making a difference in the lives of animals and residents alike.

Grundy County Animal Control Building
310 Dupont Rd
Morris, IL 60450
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
(815) 942-9214
(815) 942-5265
Animal Control FAQs
How much does it cost to adopt an animal?
All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, microchipped, de-wormed, and treated for fleas and ticks.

Female Dogs $219.00
Male Dogs $189.00
All Cats $75.00

View our Adoptable Pets
Online Donations
Make an online donation to help support the homeless pets of Grundy County

Registration Fees – Dogs and Companion Cats (this DOES NOT apply to feral cats)
To pay online you MUST add the $3 shipping and handling fee to the normal fee amount.

Length of Vaccination Purchased in Person Purchased Online
One year rabies vaccine/altered/under 1 year old $15.00 $18.00
One year rabies vaccine/unaltered $45.00 $48.00
Three year rabies vaccine/altered $25.00  $28.00
Three year rabies vaccine/unaltered  $60.00 $63.00

It is required for online registration to submit your pet's rabies certificate to our office. This can be done by visiting our Rabies Registration Page.

**Click on the button below to make your payment.  You MUST pay the amount listed under “Pay Online” to process your transaction. This amount includes the shipping & handling fees to process and receive the required tag by mail.

When completed your pet's Registration Tag will be mailed to you.


All credit card transactions are charged a convenience fee by the credit card processor at the time of the transaction.
Rabies Vaccine – IT'S THE LAW!
  • Every owner of a dog 4 months or more of age shall have each dog inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
  • Every owner of a cat that is a companion animal and is 4 months or more of age shall have each cat inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
See Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/8) (from Ch. 8, par. 358) for full requirements of Rabies inoculation.
After hours Emergency Reports
Duty hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.

After duty hours we will only respond to the following:

  1. Animal bite in which the animal is not contained by the owner and is posing a threat and the owner cannot be located.
  2. An injured domestic (dog or cat) stray animal and the owner cannot be located.
  3. Police assists involving animals (arrests, house fire, car accidents)
Non-emergencies that we will NOT respond to consist of the following:

  1. Animal’s running loose.
  2. Animal bites in which the owner of the biting animal is present.
Wildlife Issues
Chanooka Wildlife Removal (815)909-8079

We do not handle any wildlife on private property.  Contact wildlife personnel, Daniel Brault at 815-471-6155 or Rob Wolf at 708-203-7967.  Please note that any wildlife personnel are independent and will charge for their services.

For more information on living with wildlife in our area visit
24 Hour Vets in the area
Need emergency pet care after hours?

Animal Care Center of Plainfield
14411 Illinois Route 59
Plainfield IL  60544

VCA Aurora Animal Hospital
2600 W Galena Blvd
Aurora IL 60506
  • Cares for abandoned, abused, lost and surrendered dogs and cats in Grundy County
  • Enforces State and County Laws for domestic animals
  • Provides resources to the public regarding cats and dogs
  • Places adoptable cats and dogs into homes
  • Returns lost pets to their owners
  • Register dogs and cats in Grundy County
I lost my dog/cat. What can I do to get him home?
Most lost animals don't stray further than 10 blocks from their home. Our first recommendation is to make a lost pet post and share it to your community's Facebook group and inform your neighbors of the missing animal. We are happy to share your lost pet post to our Facebook group as well. After having done this, you can call Grundy County Animal Control during business hours to have your pet added to our private Lost Pet database. 
How long do you hold on to stray animals?
Stray animals are held for 7 (seven) business days, after which they become the property of Grundy County Animal Control. Unclaimed animals are evaluated for health and behavior, then processed for adoption or transferred to a rescue group if they qualify for rehoming.
I need to relinquish my animal. What should I do?
Grundy County Animal Control is not a no-kill shelter. As a government agency, we must prioritize kennel space for stray animals, bite impounds, and seized animals. Those needing to rehome their animals should reach out to local rescue groups. A list of Rescue Groups in Illinois can be found by clicking this link.
I was bitten by an animal. What should I do?
  • Seek medical attention for the bite. Animal bites are prone to infection.
  • If bitten or scratched by a wild animal, report the incident to the Grundy County Health Department. If bitten by a cat or dog, contact Grundy County Animal Control.
  • Grundy County Animal Control does not give human medical advice.
There is an animal running loose around my neighborhood. What can I do?
  • If a dog is running loose during business hours, contact Grundy County Animal Control to report the animal running at large. If the dog is running at large outside of GCAC duty hours, contact your local police department.
  • GCAC does not respond to calls about cats running at large. If a resident catches the cat, it can be brought to our office at 310 E Dupont Rd in Morris during business hours.
  • GCAC does not respond to wildlife running at large. See our wildlife resource page for more details.
My neighbor's dog barks and barks. What can I do?
  • Barking dog complaints are difficult to enforce without a signed witness. GCAC wardens are dispatched for barking complaints, but it is common that the dog is quiet when the warden arrives.
  • Grundy County does not have a barking ordinance for unincorporated neighborhoods. If you and your neighbor are located within city limits, review your city's nuisance noise ordinance.