McHenry County Department of Health - Animal Control
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Veterinary Public Health Division

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100 North Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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(815) 459-6222


Business Hours
M,T,TH,F: 8:00-4:30

Adoption Hours
M,T,TH,F: 10:30-4:30


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Cruelty Investigations Policy 

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rabies event






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Wednesday, October 2nd  4:00PM - 6:00PM
Thursday, October 3rd  2:00PM - 4:00PM
Thursday, November 7th  2:00PM - 4:00PM

Rabies Vaccine -  1-year: $15, 3-year: $30
Microchips - $15

By Appointment only at 815-459-6222  View the Event Flyer for More Info

Rabies Vaccination Registration Fees

Registration fees are not refundable for any reason.

Animal Status 1 Year Registration 3 Year Registration
Spayed/Neutered $15.00 $35.00
NOT Spayed/Neutered
$50.00 $125.00

Puppies under 6 months of age will pay the Spayed/Neutered 1 year fee
Senior citizen (age 62 and up) registration discount: $5.00 (requires proof of age)
Microchip registration discount: $5.00 (requires proof of chip number)

Replacement tags fee: $2.00
$10.00 registration late fee after 30 days from vaccination

Breeder Registration Fees

Animal Status 1 Year Registration
Registered Breeding Female Dog

Microchip registration discount: $5.00 (requires proof of chip number)
A $40.00 annual McHenry County Breeder Certificate is required to receive the $30.00 discounted rate


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How To:

Adopt a New Pet

Find a Veterinarian

Dealing with Wildlife

Report Animal Bites

Kids and Animal Safety (Eng and Esp)

Report Animal Cruelty

Volunteer with MCAC

Learn about Rabies

Learn about Tick-borne diseases

Learn about Common Animal Illnesses

Register, Spay/Neuter, and Microchip Your Pet

Weather & Pets

Canine and Feline Body Language (in Eng and Esp)

McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center (MCAC) is the location of the McHenry County Department of Health Veterinary Division. MCDH Veterinary Division's  Animal Control Officers provide code enforcement of Animal Control Article of the McHenry County Public Health Ordinance. Effective animal control activities protect people and pets. Community outreach services include education on dog bite prevention, humane care for animals, and pet adoptions. MCAC houses stray animals for the county, and provides dog licensing.

Animal Control Officers respond to citizen complaints about violations of the Public Health Ordinance. Each year, MCDH Veterinary Division conducts thousands of investigations, ranging from minor code violations to felony animal cruelty. When possible, voluntary compliance is sought through educating owners about animal care responsibilities. If compliance is not obtained, MCDH Veterinary Division officers have the ability to issue tickets for Ordinance violations. Officers also pick up stray, sick and injured animals.

If you are aware of a situation where public health or safety is in jeopardy, or an animal is the subject of neglect or cruelty, you are urged to contact MCDH Veterinary Division at (815) 459-6222 to report what you have seen, heard, or experienced. An Animal Control Officer will be dispatched to investigate and follow up on the situation. 


Learn more about Canine Influenza, from the American Veterinary Medical Association. 


Name Title Phone Email
Maryellen Howell Animal Control Administrator/Manager
Kara Plonczynski  Interim Veterinary Division Assistant Manager 815-334-4946
Dana Ackman Office Assistant II 815-334-4944
Officer Bieniek Animal Control Officer I 815-459-6222
Cheyenne Byard Kennel Tech I 815-459-6222
Janelle Carlson Kennel Tech I 815-459-6222
Officer Delfino Animal Control Officer I 815-459-6222
Megan Falsetti
Office Assistant II 815-459-6222
Officer Konzak Animal Control Officer I 815-459-6222
Heather Kvidera
Admin Specialist II 815-334-4945 
Noel Langkan Office Assistant II 815-459-6222
Renee Laramie Lead Kennel Tech 815-334-4947
Officer Navarro Lead Animal Control Officer 815-334-2108 
Kara Plonczynski Volunteer Coord/Health Educator 815-334-4946 
Officer Raz Animal Control Officer I 815-459-6222
Kathy Rondorf Office Assistant II 815-459-6222 
Officer Strickland Animal Control Officer I 815-459-6222
Margarita Villagomez Office Assistant II 815-459-6222
Officer Ward Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2105
Office Assistant II