Dr Adam Ohms, DVM
Director of Animal Care & Control
8501 State Route 143
Before Surrendering Your Pet
Before surrendering your pet…
Parting ways with an animal can be especially difficult and we're committed to working with you to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet. We know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet but before surrendering, please consider all your options. Learn more below about alternatives to surrendering including other re-homing options.
Take time to read this article to before surrendering your pet
HELP! I Found a Kitten
Use this flow chart to help you determine how to help a kitten that you may have found.
What should I do about wild animals?
Some animal species, such as skunks, raccoons, opossums, deer, squirrels, ground squirrels, woodchucks (groundhogs), Canada geese, foxes and coyotes have adapted well to living among humans and use them as a valuable resource (for food, shelter, etc.).
If the animals residing on your property are not doing any damage, you may want to allow them to stay. It will be very difficult for them to find another place to live if you evict them. Unfortunately, some people have problems with property damage caused by wild animals and others are uncomfortable with the idea of wild animals taking up residence on their property. Madison County Animal Care & Control is not equipped to assist in efforts to remove or relocate wild animals; but here are a few regional resources that can be contacted to assist with the efforts:
|Bi-State Wildlife Hotline, Inc||(855) 945-3435|
|Treehouse Widlife Center||(618) 466-2990|
|Metro-East Wildlife Control|| (618) 488-7409
|The Bat Guy||(217) 710-2919|
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), located at Horseshoe Lake State Park can answer your questions on wildlife and permits. Contact Ben Funk at (618) 931-0270.
Please refer to the University of IL Extension Living With Wildlife page for information on native wildlife and what you can do.