Area Animal Shelters

Happy Tails Humane Society
Granny Rose Animal Shelter, Dixon, IL
Friends Forever Humane Society, Freeport, IL
Heartland Pet Welfare, Savanna, IL
Safehouse Animal Rescue League, Mendota, IL
PAWS Humane Society, Rockford, IL

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

​Happy Tails HumaneSociety 
Animal Birth Control (ABC), Clinton, IA

Animal Birth Control (Facebook), Clinton IA
Whiteside County Animal Control For those eligible for the Food Stamp Program or the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program.

Lost/Found Pet Entry Portal

A free service for helping reunite pets with their owners. 
Helping Lost Pets 

Pet Behavior Questions?

Check out the Virtual Pet Behaviorist, the ASPCA's interactive online behavior library.  The site provides over 150 easy-to-access, downloadable articles on training, behavior modification, enrichment, and husbandry for dogs, cats, and horses.

To report animal cruelty or neglect in Whiteside County, contact Whiteside County Animal Control (815.625.3507).

About the Program
Home-to-home gives people who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to drop pets off at the shelter. Pets go from one home into another.

Animals in need of new homes are searchable on this website and posted to our Facebook page.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduces stress on animals by keeping them out of the shelter.
  • Leaves more shelter resources available to animals with no other options- stray, abandoned or suffering from neglect.
  • Gives potential new owners a chance to learn more about the animals directly from the current owner.




Re-homing a Pet

If you find it necessary to re-home a pet, here are some steps you can take.

Place an ad in
area newspapers
Print a flyer with a photo of the pet and your contact information.  Tell a little about the pet and her personality.  Most veterinary clinics will let you post a flyer, as will many retail establishments.
Talk to friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. Carry a couple of flyers with you so you can give one to anybody who expresses interest.
You can screen potential adopters by asking about their previous and current pets, where the pet will be living, whether they have a veterinarian and similar questions.
Consider asking for a modest adoption fee.  People who are willing to pay something for a pet are more likely to be serious about caring for it.
Post to pet-oriented social media and other web sites.
Contact area shelters.  If they are not currently taking in animals, ask to be put on a waiting list.

Happy Tails Home to Home Program 

Stray Pets

What to Do if You Find a Stray Pet
Tips for Finding a Home for a Pet

Rehoming a dog or cat

Need Dog Training Tips?

Purina Pro Plan has an app for that.  You can get canine expert advice free--just click this link to get the app.

Thinking of Adopting a Dog?

Adopting a new dog comes with a lot of change for both dog and dog parent.  Petfinder has compiled a checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Top Ten Tips for Bringing Home a Cat

Petfinder has some great tips for settling in with your newly adopted cat.

Summer Pet Safety

Easy-to-remember  tips for pet parents for keeping pets safe in summer.