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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 your pet spayed or neutered - and tell everyone you know to do the same.

ICARe has spayed/neutered and vaccinated over 10,000 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: 

Stray cats, Owned Cats, and Feral Cats = $50 for Iroquois County residents with photo ID. 

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. Trap rental fee for feral cats is $50. This fee will be fully refunded when trap is returned. No proof of income is required to use our low cost services. 

Call us today at 815-429-4028 and make your cats 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 or credit cards cannot be accepted. All dogs must be leashed and cats must arrive in a carrier.

Feline Distemper (FVRCP) = $10

Canine Distemper (DA2PPV) = $10

Feline or Canine Health Record = $1

Feline Deworming (Drontal) = $5

Canine Deworming (Drontal) = $10-$20 depending 

on weight of dog.

Ear Cleaning: = $5

Ear Mite medication (Otomite Plus) = $12

Cat nail trim = $5

Dog nail trim = $10; Saturday’s only. All dogs must be friendly and handleable. It is in the owners best interest that dogs be current on Rabies vaccines, as owners are responsible for any injury to our staff.

Monthly Flea medication for cat or dog ( Advantage) = $10

Monthly flea medication for dogs over 55lbs (Advantage II) = $15

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 3X for Distemper, 2X de-wormed, FIV/Felv tested, microchipped, and well socialized.

Viewing of our adoptable cats is possible on weekends 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.

To access our CAT adoption application click on this link:

* All dogs offered for adoption are already spayed/neutered, vaccinated for Rabies (if 4mos or older), vaccinated 2-3X for Distemper, 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 or send us a Facebook message regarding 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!!

To access our DOG adoption application click on this link:


Note: Credit cards, Debit cards, and checks CANNOT be accepted, so please bring your adoption fee in cash.

All Kittens 5 months and under = $130 

All PetSmart Adoptions = $150

New Adopters with no traceable veterinary history*, adult cat = $130

Previous ICARe adopter OR a New Adopter with a traceable veterinary history* = $50

Senior cat 10+ years = $50

Cats on a special diet = $50 + a free bag of prescription food!

Felv+ Cat = NO FEE, donation only!

*Traceable Veterinary History refers to verbal or printed veterinary verification of spay status and Rabies and Distemper vaccines being up to date for all pets currently in the home OR for a deceased pet.

Senior dogs, 10 + = $200

All other adult dogs = $250

Puppies 5 months and under = $300

Dog adoption fee for residents outside of IL and IN = $350

* Gas fee - A gas fee of $25 will be 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. Some can also be viewed on our Facebook page at

The Sanctuary:

ICARe operates a sanctuary for cats who are seniors (over 10 yrs.), Leukemia positive, or have other types of special medical needs. Viewing of these cats is by appointment only, and the adoption fee is always waived to approved adopters with a traceable 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 suggested donation. If you cannot afford to make a donation, it can be waived.

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. If a fee is required, it must be paid in CASH at time of relinquishment.

Q: Why does ICARe request a donation or require a fee to 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 Is my donation or fee  used for?

A: These fees are used to supply our animals with food, shelter, medical care, 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. Your understanding is essential and very much appreciated. As a volunteer run shelter, every dollar we take in goes directly toward caring for our animals. 

PetFood Pantry:

The ICARe Pet Food Pantry is located at 103 Market Street in Iroquois, IL right next to our main building. 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 12 noon until 3pm.

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, Illinois MUST be reported to Irqouois 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. Stray cats may be surrender here with an appointment. We do NOT have the staff to pick up stray cats.

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 cat. Any cat entering out shelter is immediately given Flea medication, dewormer, and Distemper vaccine.

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