Iroquois County Animal Rescue - A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization
The missions of ICARe are threefold: (a) to alleviate the suffering of domestic animals in Iroquois County by providing for their immediate needs such as, but not limited to, food, shelter, and medical treatment; (b) to provide for the long-term care of these animals by seeking to place them in foster and/or adoptive homes; and (c) to control animal over-population in Iroquois County and surrounding counties by providing pet owners and animal caretakers with low-cost, affordable spay/neuter services.
Spay/neuter is our primary focus at ICARe because only through successful promotion of this service can we hope to reduce the number of unwanted pets.
Did you know? There are 45 cats and dogs born for every 1 person born. Only 1 out of 10 dogs, and 1 out of 12 cats will EVER find a home. Because there are not enough homes, 800 dogs and cats are euthanized each HOUR in shelters across the U.S.  If you care about animals, please have yours spayed or neutered - and tell everyone you know to do the same.
ICARe has spayed/neutered and vaccinated over 5,800 animals in Iroquois County since it's creation in 2008, thus preventing countless unwanted litters of kittens and puppies, and controlling the spread of contagious diseases among domestic animals.
Low-cost spay/neuter:
Cats = $40 includes surgery, a 1 yr. Rabies vaccine, and a Distemper vaccine. Saturday night drop off at 8pm in Iroquois, IL.  Cash payments ONLY, to be paid in full at time of drop off. Appointment required. Cat carrier rental is available for a fee of $3 per cat. This service is open to residents of any county or state, and no proof of income is required.

Feral Cats = $20 includes surgery, Rabies vaccine, Distemper vaccine, deworming, and mandatory ear tip.
Dogs = $50 includes surgery only. This is open to residents of Iroquois County ONLY who receive government assistance OR cannot afford to have their dog altered at a regular Veterinary Clinic.
Call us today at 815-429-4028 and make your pets spay/neuter appointment!

Pet Wellness Services:
ICARe offers many discount services for cats and dogs such as Deworming, Microchipping, Distemper Vaccines, flea medication, nail trimming, and ear cleaning. These services are available to the public year-round, during business hours. No appointment is required! Payment is cash ONLY, and checks cannot be accepted. All dogs must be leashed and cats must arrive in a carrier.
Feline Distemper (FVRCP) = $5
Canine Distemper (DA2PPV) = $5
Feline or Canine Health Record = $1
Feline Deworming (Drontal) = $5
Canine Deworming (Drontal) = $10
Ear Cleaning: = $5
Ear Mite medication (Otomite Plus) = $10
Cat nail trim = $5
Dog nail trim = $10
Monthly Flea medication  for cat or dog ( Advantage, Frontline) = $10
Monthly flea medication for dogs over 55lbs (Advantage II) = $13
Revolution flea for cats (treats fleas, ear mites, and intestinal worms) = $13
Microchip with FREE lifetime registration and no hidden fees, cat or dog =$20

* All cats offered for adoption are already spayed/neutered, vaccinated for Rabies (if 4mos or older), vaccinated 2-3X for Distemper, 2X de-wormed, FIV/Felv tested, microchipped, and well socialized. 
Viewing of our adoptable cats is possible 3 days a week during normal shelter hours, or by special appointment, at our facility located at 100 NW Lincoln, Iroquois, IL 60945. Current shelter hours are listed on our "Home" page on this website. It is recommended that you call ahead before coming to ensure that an adoption specialist is available to help you select your perfect feline friend.
ALL adopted cats MUST leave the shelter in a carrier. Please bring your cat carrier with you when visiting the shelter, or a cardboard carrier will be provided to you for a fee of $5.
* All dogs offered for adoption are already spayed/neutered, vaccinated for Rabies (if 4mos or older), vaccinated 2x for Distemper, once for Bordetella , 2x de-wormed, Heartworm tested, microchipped, and well socialized.
Dogs can be seen by appointment ONLY, and an adoption application must be submitted prior to this appoitment being scheduled. Please call 815-429-4028 with questions on any of our adoptable dogs and one of our Adoption Specialists will be glad to help you find the perfect match for your family!!
Note: Credit cards and Debit cards CANNOT be accepted, so please bring cash or check.
Adult cats and kittens = $100
Pure breed kittens (6 mos. and under) = $125
Senior dogs, Pit Bulls, and Pit mixes = $175
All other adult dogs = $200
Puppies 5 months and under = $250
Dog adoption fee for residents outside of IL and IN = $300
* Gas fee - A gas fee of $25 will assessed to dog adopters whose application requires a home inspection and whose homes are in excess of a 40 minute drive time from Watseka, IL.
* Your adoption fee includes 1 "meet and greet" session between you, your family, and/or your dog(s). Additional "meet and greets" are $25 per session to be paid upon the completion of your dog adoption.
All of our adoptable animals can be seen by going to or and searching Iroquois County Animal Rescue. They can also be viewed on our Facebook page at

The Sanctuary:

ICARe operates a sanctuary for cats who are seniors (over 10 yrs.), FIV positive, Leukemia positive, or have other types of special needs. Viewing of these cats is by appointment only, and the adoption fee is always waived to approved adopters with a vet reference. If you are interested in adopting a special needs cat or senior cat, please contact us at 815-429-4028. We believe every animal deserves a home, and provide our adopters with the support needed to ensure your special needs cat has the most healthy and happy life possible!

Stray or owner relinquish, Iroquois County residents = $30 fee (mandatory).  
Stray or owner relinquish, out of county = $50 fee (mandatory).
Pet relinquishents are taken in at ICARe's discretion, based on available space and you MUST call the shelter and have a surrender appointment BEFORE bringing your animal to the shelter. Above fees must be paid in CASH at time of relinquishment, no exceptions.
Q: Why must ICARe charge a fee to relinquish (surrender) an animal?
A: Currently, we receive NO financial help from the city, county (Iroquois), or state (IL). We subsist solely on donations, adoption fees, and relinquish fees.
Q: What are relinquish fees used for?
A: These fees are used to supply our animals with food, shelter, medical care, etc. and to pay our overhead costs for water, electricity, and heat/ac to keep our animals comfortable year round.
As a relatively new charity, your financial participation is very important in terms of our outlook for long term survival. Although at ICARe we DO envision a day when we will not have to charge a relinquish fee to take in a needy animal, we are NOT in a position to do that now. Your understanding is essential and very much appreciated.

PetFood Pantry:

The ICARe Pet Food Pantry is located at 103 Market Street in Iroquois, IL right next to our main shelter. It is open to Iroquois County residents ONLY and a completed application and photo ID is required before receiving pet food for the first time. Applicants must be senior citizens age 65 and older, OR receive some type of government aid to qualify. Please call us for complete details. Our Pantry is open the second Sunday of every month from noon until 3pm. The dates for 2019 are as follows:

January 13
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 9
July 14
August 11
September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8

Pets lost and found:
You may report your pet missing or a pet that you have found 24 hours a day by calling the shelter at 815-429-4028. Stray dogs in Iroquois County, IL MUST be reported to Irq. Co. Animal Control at 815-432-4918 BEFORE calling ICARe. Please note: It is illegal for our shelter to pick up a stray dog in Iroquois County, so please dont ask. 
To  reclaim a cat that is currently in  our care, please bring proof of ownership and a photo ID card. Proof of ownership can be in the form of vet bills, county registration, or pictures. Be prepared to pay a fee in CASH, as no checks are accepted for these fees. Our fees are minimal, reflecting only our ACTUAL COST of medical services rendered to the animal. Any cat entering the shelter is immediately given Flea medication, dewormer, and Distemper vaccine.

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