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 in our shelter and have many ammentities available to stimulate all of their senses, including seasonal catios ,cat towers, and climbing shelves, cat walks, etc. What does this mean for you? Adoptable cats who are FRIENDLIER, 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.

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We are a NO-KILL, privately owned animal shelter which receives no local or state government funding. Iroquois County Animal Rescue 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 and registered charity in IL, every dollar that you donate is tax deductible to you.

2020 Upcoming Events:

Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 4th at Lakeview Park in Watseka. Registration begins at 11 am. Cost is $6 per child. 4,000 hidden eggs, the Easter Bunny, and 2 huge baskets to be won. **Cancelled due to Covid-19.

Annual Wine Tasting - Friday, June 5, 5pm-9pm at InsideOut in Gilman (exact date to be announced). $20 per ticket includes wine tasting, food, live music, raffles, door prizes, and a silent auction. **Cancelled due to Covid-19.

Annual Christmas Garage Sale - December 2020, date and location to be announced. Everything Christmas at garage sale prices. **Cancelled due to Covid-19.

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. Shortly thereafter, we expanded our scope to include all of Iroquois County, IL and today we are proud to provide its wonderful residents with a much needed service.

In 2010, we moved into our beautiful building located at 100 NW Lincoln, Iroquois, IL. At this facility, we care for approximately 80 homeless cats. Our adoptable cats may be viewed during the following times:


Friday - 11am to 5pm

Saturday - 11am to 5pm

Sunday - 11am to 5pm

* All other hours are by appointment ONLY.

Currently, all of our adoptable dogs are located in foster care. THERE ARE NO DOGS AT OUR SHELTER. You must CALL the shelter to set up an appointment to meet any of our dogs, and an application must be filled out prior to this scheduled visit. To view all of our dogs awaiting adoption, please go to or and search under our name, Iroquois County Animal Rescue, then click on “dogs”. Adoption applications are not available on-line, but can be requested via a private message on our Facebook page.

Our Future

The current goal of ICARe for 2020-21 is to complete construction on a dog shelter facility located 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 the needs of Iroquois 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 this project! To inquire about this rare opportunity, contact our shelter President during business hours. To make a tax deductible donation to our Dog Shelter Fund, please write "Dog fund" in the memo section of your check and mail to:


100 NW Lincoln

Box 7

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 for a faster response.

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. You can also donate via our Facebook page.

Supply Donations: Supplies that we use every day include paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, bleach, Q-tips, cat litter, cat food, and dog food. For a complete list of supplies needed, please use the "Contact Us" form on this website or send us a facebook message. We are very grateful for any items you can donate.

 We have a Wishlist on and! 

Click on the links below to ship much needed food, litter, and supplies directly to our door!



AmazonSmile: Don’t have extra money to donate, but still want to help? You can sign up to have 1% of your purchases from donated to Iroquois County Animal Rescue! It costs you nothing extra, as the percentage is donated entirely by Amazon. It takes only a few minutes to set up, just go to AmazonSmile to get started.