The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control (ARC) was established in 1954, when the Illinois Animal Control Act was enacted by the state legislature during a state-wide rabies epidemic. Cook County's animal control program is a multifaceted concept involving local government, public health, media cooperation, public education and citizen participation in cooperation with specialists in animal health, care and control. ARC reflects this multifaceted concept through a myriad of programs for the public and animal first responders.
Prevent the transmission of rabies from animal to man through vaccination, registration, education, legislation and surveillance.
Decrease pet over-population by promoting spay and neuter programs.
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