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Animal Care and Control (AC&C)

Three dogsAC&C is designed to prevent the spread of rabies through vaccinations and education, support a database of registered dogs and cats, and maintain a lost and found network. AC&C staff are responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws pertaining to animal-related complaints. Investigations are done regarding nuisance complaints, allegations of animal cruelty or neglect, as well as reports of stray, roaming or injured animals; or dangerous, vicious or biting animals. In efforts to help control the unwanted pet population, the AC&C program provides spay and neuter assistance to low-income residents of Lake County.


Staff at the Animal Care and Control facility provide the following services:

  • Enforce animal control laws, including Lake County Ordinances and Policies, and Illinois Statutes
  • Maintain lost and found pet service
  • Provide interim shelter and care for stray and unwanted animals and transport to adoption center
  • Investigate complaints of nuisance and/or threatening animals
  • Provide emergency rescue of injured and sick stray animals
  • Investigate incidents of animal bites and/or scratches
  • Observe impounded biting animals
  • Submit specimens to the State of Illinois laboratory for rabies testing
  • Present educational programs to schools and community and civic groups (click here for brochure)
  • Provide animal control support services to Sheriff and municipal police departments upon request
  • Provide spay/neuter assistance to pet owners. Pre or post surgical expenses may be incurred. View our Pet Owner Letter for more information about the program, an application to participate and a list of participating veterinarians. (Or view the Spanish version.)
  • Provide rabies tags through Lake County veterinarians.
  • Host pet clinics to provide low-cost pet vaccinations.

Pet Clinics

Low-cost pet vaccination clinics provide a convenient and affordable way to keep pets up to date with their shots and rabies tags. Pets are taken on a first come first served basis. All animals brought to a clinic must be at least four months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats placed in carriers. Only cash will be accepted on site. For more information, call: 847.377.4700.

2016 Vaccination Clinics

March 26
9 a.m. - Noon
4-H Clinic ($5 nail trims with proceeds supporting the 4-H)
Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 East Peterson Road

April 9
9 a.m.-Noon
Beach Park Vaccination Clinic
Beach Park Public Works
40185 Glendale
Beach Park

April 23
9 a.m.-Noon
Vernon Hills Police Department Vaccination Clinic
Vernon Hills Public Works Building
490 Greenleaf Drive
Vernon Hills

May 14
9 a.m.-Noon
Lindenhurst Police Department Vaccination Clinic
2301 E. Sand Lake Road

June 4
9 a.m.-Noon
The Regent Center Vaccination Clinic for Seniors Only
(Seniors age 55 and over will reeive free rabies inoculations for their pets)
1200 Regent Drive

Future dates to be added

For spayed/neutered pets:

  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25
  • Distemper complex only: $10
  • Microchip, $15
For pets not spayed/neutered:
  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65
  • Distemper complex only: $10
  • Microchip: $15

Animal Care and Control Ordinances and Acts

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Contact Us

18736 W. Peterson Road
Libertyville, IL 60048


Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In case of emergency, warden on call 24 hours via 847.377.4700


The Health Department's Animal Care and Control facility is regularly in need of items that would ease the stay of the animals while they are here. If you would like to make a donation, please contact AC&C at: 847.377.4700.

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Spay and Stay
Spay and Stay
is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with compassionate individuals and local governments to control the growth of the feral cat population in Lake County, while implementing long-term solutions to its source: unaltered, free-roaming and/or abandoned domestic cats.

The Health Department works in partnership with Save-A-Pet (847.740.7788) to help assure that lost, homeless and unwanted animals are given another chance to find a home through the adoption process.

Orphans of the Storm 
In 1969 the Lake County Board developed an agreement with Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter (847.945.0235) to make stray and unwanted dogs and cats that are apprehended by Animal Control available for adoption. County Wardens deliver approximately 2,200 animals to Orphans of the Storm annually, making it the main source for stray and unwanted animals in Lake County.