Iroquois County Animal Rescue - A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization
We are a no-kill, privately owned shelter which receives no local or state government funding. ICARe is a TRUE charity, with 100% of its income going right back to the animals we care for. Our goal is to respond to every call for help from a caring citizen that concerns an animal in need - and WE cannot exist without your support. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit, every dollar that you donate is tax deductible to you.
Our History
 Iroquois County Animal Rescue was initially created in 2008 in response to the many domestic animals who were left displaced by the floods of January and February 2008 in Watseka, IL. Well, since then, our phone has continued to ring off the hook! We have expanded our scope to include all of Iroquois County and are proud to provide its wonderful residents with a much needed service.
 In May of 2010, ICARe moved into our beautiful building located at 100 NW Lincoln, Iroquois, IL 60945. This huge milestone was the result of many years of hard work by our volunteers and supporters, and funded by public donations and The Arthur and Gesena Griffin Trust for 2009.
We care for 80+ homeless cats at our Iroquois, IL shelter. These wonderful cats come to us as either outcasts from the home they have known (owner relinquishes), as friendly strays from Iroquois County, or as "death row" inmates from  high-kill shelters and Animal Controls in surrounding counties. These adoptable cats can be viewed at the Iroquois, IL shelter 3 days a week during the following hours, OR by making a special appointment:
Friday - 11am to 5pm
Saturday - 11am to 5pm
Sunday - 11am to 5pm
We also care for approx 10-20 adoptable dogs who are housed in foster homes. To view the current dogs for adoption, please search for our shelter on,, or visit our facebook page at Appointments to meet a specific dog can be made by calling the shelter at 815-429-4028.
2015 Upcoming Events!
Annual $5 Pet VaccineClinic: Sunday, Sept 20, 12noon to 3pm, at the Watseka Park District. No appointments required. Limited number of vaccines available. First come, first serve.
Info at 815-429-4028.
Black Fur Day: Friday, Nov 27th from 1pm to 8pm at the shelter located at 100 NW Lincoln, Iroquois, IL 60945. Black cats will have a reduced adoption fee of 50% off, all other cat adoptions will be 30% off. In addition, a huge gift bag filled with cat toys, treats, food, and so much more will accompany every adoption on this day ONLY. Reduced fees will apply for the entire weekend of Nov 27th - Nov 29th.
It's Different Here.
Our cat shelter is NOT what you are expecting! When looking to adopt a feline friend, ICARe guarantees you an experience like no other. Our shelter design is open, welcoming, and anything BUT depressing. At least 80% of our adoptable cats are FREE-ROAMING and have many ammentities available to stumilulate all of their senses. What does this mean for you? Cats that are MORE friendly, BETTER socialized, MORE affectionate, and 10 times as entertaining! Additionally, ICARe boasts a volunteer staff who are extremely knowledgable in feline behavior, who TRULY adore our residents, and are highly experienced in all things FELINE.
Our Future
The future goal of ICARe for 2015-2016 is to construct 10 permanent dog kennels in Iroquois County, IL. This will allow ICARe to rely less on our dog foster parents by becoming more internally self-sufficient, to be able to help MORE dogs in need of rescue, and to better serve Irq. County residents. We continue to raise monetary donations in hopes of meeting this need as soon as possible. Our dog facility will bare the name of the primary funder for that shelter! To donate to our dog shelter fund, please write "Dog fund" in the memo section of your check and mail to:
100 NW Lincoln
Iroquois, IL 60945
Rooted in Volunteerism
ICARe is 99% staffed by volunteers. We depend on our volunteers to keep the shelter clean, to socialize the cats, to staff our fundraising events, to transport animals for veterinary appointments, and to travel to Petsmart for adoption events. To volunteer in any capacity, please click on the "contact us" form attached to this site and fill in your information, or you may call the shelter directly.
In addition to individual volunteers, ICARe also welcomes volunteer groups from local organizations, persons needing to complete court ordered community service hours, and students who need to complete community service projects.
Monetary Donations: We will be glad to mail you a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. Simply request a receipt in the memo section of your check.
Memorial Donations: There is no better way to honor the memory of an animal lover who has passed on. Donations in any amount are appreciated and a tribute letter will be mailed to the address of the next of kin, making them aware of the memorial donation. Simply provide us with the address in a note attached to your donation check. Memorial donations of $100 or more will include a laminated "Rainbow Bridge" card. A Memorial donation is also a great way to memorialize a beloved pet who has crossed over.
Donated Supplies: Items that we use daily include paper towels, laundry detergent, Clorox Wipes, dish detergent, cat litter, and bleach. For a COMPLETE list of items needed, please call or email the shelter. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the shelter during business hours. No donation is too small to be appreciated! We are deeply grateful for any and all contributions.
To donate a comfy Kuranda pet bed or an AWESOME cat tower, please click here:
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi
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