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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Walk-In -
Microchip ONLY: Tues, Nov. 6; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Appointment Needed: 815-459-6222 -
Microchip & Rabies Vaccine: Thurs, Nov. 8; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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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

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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
Open Kennel Tech I 815-459-6222
Cheyenne R. Byard Kennel Tech I 815-459-6222
Janelle E. Carlson Kennel Tech I 815-334-2106
Megan A. Falsetti Office Assistant II 815-459-6222 
Ryan Bukovsky Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2100
Maryellen Howell Animal Control Administrator/Manager 815-334-4940 
 Open Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2101
Heather F. Kvidera Office Assistant II 815-334-4945 
Renee A. Laramie Lead Kennel Tech 815-334-4947 
Sean McDonald Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2102 
Oscar Navarro Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2108 
Kara M. Plonczynski Volunteer Coord/Health Educator 815-334-4946 
Kathy J. Rondorf Office Assistant II 815-459-6222 
 Open Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2104
 Open Lead Animal Control Officer 815-334-2105
Margarita Villagomez Office Assistant II 815-459-6222