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The Department of Animal & Rabies Control provides health protection to the residents of Cook County through preparation, education, rabies vaccination and stray animal control.

Services include:

  • Spay and Neuter Program
  • Stray Patrol
  • Community Partnership Program
  • Community Assistance Program
  • Education Program
  • Pet Return Service
  • Pet Registration Program (Rabies Tags)

In The Company of Dogs

Now that fall is here and Halloween is approaching, it is important to remember to be careful when entering fenced yards.  A dog may not be visible in the yard.  When out trick or treating please look for signs that indicate the owners are expecting trick or treaters, before you enter the yard.   If a dog is on the property, always check with the pet owner to make sure it is okay to approach their dog.  If you are out and an unattended or attended dog is approaching please click on the video below for tips on what to do.

Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic

The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control clinics, provide affordable rabies vaccinations to bring all citizens into compliance with the law, while providing an essential public health protection against a deadly disease that has caused public health concerns in four states over the past two years.

Rabies vaccines will cost $7 for a one year and $21 for a three year.  Ferrets may only be vaccinated for one year and the cost of the vaccine is $9.  Pet owners can have their pets microchipped for $10; however, this does not include the national registration fee.

2014 Clinic Dates

Cook County’s low cost clinic services will be offered starting March 24 and running through early October.  The mobile clinics will operate at various locations throughout the County.  Clinic hours are10:00 am until 2:45 pm


Download the list below for a full listing of clinic dates and locations:

2014 Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinics Schedule


Cook County Funds Comprehensive Urban Coyote Research Project

Originally known as ghosts of the plains, coyotes have now become ghosts of the cities – occasionally heard but rarely seen. This species is now becoming one of the top carnivores in an increasing number of metropolitan areas across North America. However, we know very little about how coyotes are becoming successful in landscapes dominated by people.

The Cook County Coyote Project (, largely funded by the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control agency, is a comprehensive ecological study of coyotes in the Chicago metropolitan area, specifically Cook County, Illinois.

To learn more about this unique project on the project website at

Spay and Neuter Program

During the month of February Cook County Animal Control offers a Spay and Neuter Program,a $40 rebate for neutering your dog, cat or ferret. For this month get a $40 rebate when you have your cat, dog or ferret spayed or neutered.

To be eligible:

  • Pets must be owned by Cook County Residents
  • Limit of two (2) pets total per household
  • Must show proof of your pet being current with the rabies vaccine
  • Must have a Cook County rabies tag

Help prevent animal overpopulation in Cook County.

Help stem the possible spread of dangerous diseases to pets and people through stray animals.

This rebate provides pet owners with a $40 savings on veterinary bills for spay and neutering.


Chapter 10 – Animal Ordinance

The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Ordinance was developed and passed to establish guidelines in the relationships between animals and man. This Ordinance is the law in all municipalities within Cook County. The purpose of this Ordinance is to provide harmonious relationships in the interaction between man and animal by:

  • Protecting the citizens of Cook County from rabies by specifying such preventive and control measures as may be necessary;
  • Protecting animals from improper use, abuse, neglect, inhumane treatment and health hazards, particularly rabies;
  • Providing security to residents from annoyance, intimidation, and injury from cats, dogs, and other animals;
  • Encouraging responsible pet ownership;
  • Providing for the assessment of penalties for violators and for the enforcement and administration of this Ordinance.