The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control was established in 1954, when the Illinois Animal Control Act was enacted by the state legislature during a state-wide rabies epidemic. Animal control is a term often misunderstood in most urban communities. It is frequently thought to be no more than a change from the expression of dog catcher-dog pound. In reality an 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. Cook County Animal and Rabies Control reflect this multifaceted concept through a myriad of programs.
Prevent the transmission of rabies from animal to man through vaccination, registration, education, legislation and surveillance.
Decrease pet over-population by promoting spay/neuter programs.
Ensure the compliance of quarantine protocol for all animal bite incidents to prevent the transmission of rabies.
Prevent cruelty and abuse of animals pursuant to State and County laws.
Rabies is almost always fatal. But it is easily avoided if pet owners follow the law. Other rabies preventative measures include; containing your pet to the house, yard or leash, and avoiding wildlife, no matter how cute it looks.
Cook County Animal and Rabies Control is introducing exciting new changes for processing Rabies Vaccination information. Our new electronic process will improve efficiency and accuracy of certificate data processing. Click Electronic File Sumission to view the Webinar highlighting the upcoming change.
Heat and fireworks that mark the summer months can create special problems for pets.Dr. Tom Wake, interim administrator of Cook County’s Animal and Rabies Control, urges pet owners to make sure their...