Q. At what age and how often does my dog need to be vaccinated against rabies?
A. You are required by law to vaccinate any dog over 4 months of age against rabies every year. If the dog is over 1 year of age you can get a three year rabies vaccination that is good for three years.
Q. What are the fees and how often does my dog need to be registered?
A. The fee for altered dogs for one year is currently $10.00 and is due within 14 days of receiving a one year rabies vaccination. The fee for unaltered dogs receiving a one year rabies vaccination is $25.00. The fee for altered dogs for 3 years is $30.00. The fee for unaltered dogs that receive a three year vaccination is $25.00 per year or $75.00 for three years, this is due within 14 days of receiving the vaccination. If registration payment is not received within 30 days of your vaccination you will receive a $10 late fee. We currently do not require that cats are registered in Henry County.
Q. How can I get a rabies tag for my dog?
A. Rabies tags are sold at many of the veterinarians in Henry County, or they can be purchased at the Henry County Animal Control office. You can receive a replacement tag by calling the Henry County Animal Control and requesting that a new tag be issued to you.
Q. Does my dog have to wear its Rabies tag?
A. We do ask that you attach the rabies tag to your dog’s collar. If your dog is lost and picked up by Animal Control, your local police, or a citizen, we can identify your dog by the number listed on the rabies tag.
Q. Who do I notify if my dog has died or is missing?
A. If your dog has died or is missing you should call the Henry County Animal Control at (309) 937-2266. If your dog is missing you should also notify your veterinarian and any other veterinarians in the vicinity of your home, along with the Henry County Humane Society- Geneseo (309) 944-4868 and the Henry County Humane Society- Kewanee (309) 852-0040. If your dog has died you should notify your veterinarian. The above agencies should also be notified regarding deceased or missing cats.
Q. Who do I call to report Abuse or Neglect?
A. Please call the Henry County Animal Control at (309)937-2266. You can also call your local police department.
Q. Who do I call to report a loose dog or cat to be picked up?
A. If the animal is located within city limits you must call either your town or village hall or your local police department. If the animal is located outside city limits please call the Henry County Animal Control at (309) 937-2266.
Q. Who do I call to adopt a pet?
A. You can call the Henry County Animal Control at (309) 937-2266, the Geneseo Humane Society at (309) 944-4868, Kewanee Humane Society at (309) 852-0040, or you can call your local Animal Control.
Q. What can I do about stray cats in my neighborhood?
A. In most cases you can call a licensed trapper to remove bothersome animals. If a stray cat has bitten a human you must call the Henry County Animal Control immediately, so the cat can be trapped and observed for the required 10 days.
Q. How can I get rid of wild animals in my yard that look sick or are destroying my property?
A. You can call a licensed trapper to have them trapped for a fee, you can also call a private animal control service listed in the yellow pages under Pest Control.
Q. What do I do if my dog or cat has bitten someone?
A. If you have been bitten by a dog please seek medical attention. Contact the animal control office, police, or sheriff’s department, they will fill out an official observation order. The police or sheriff will contact the owner and issue the observation order. Animal Control will receive a copy and contact the owner to verify the terms of the order. If your dog is vaccinated you can keep it in the home for the 10 days, but it MUST be confined. It should not be outside by itself and must be on a leash, it also must be confined from guests in your home. On the 10th day the dog will need to be taken to the vet’s office to be checked, bring the observation order with you, as it will need to be signed by the doctor and sent to the Henry County Animal Control. You CANNOT give your dog away or put it to sleep during this 10 day period, you will be held responsible regardless! No rabies vaccination should be given until the 10 day confinement is over.
A stray cat should be brought to a veterinarian for observation, a family cat can stay in the home, but must be taken to the veterinarians office on the 10th day.
If you do not follow the above guidelines you will be held responsible. Please contact the Henry County Animal Control or your veterinarian if you have any questions.