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Bloomington, IL 61701
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Animal Adoption
The Animal Control Center often has animals eligible for adoption. Adoption hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Animal Control Center, located at 9279 North 1375 East Road, Bloomington, IL (three miles south of Bloomington on Morris Avenue). Please call the Animal Control Center at (309) 888-5060 to learn what animals are currently available. 
Adopters must be:
  • At least 18 years or older
  • Have photo identification with current address
  • Be in compliance with local animal ordinances in regards to number of pets within a household
  • Own permanent property or show proof of permission from landlord to allow for pets.
  • Currently owned cats and dogs must be vaccinated for rabies and registered within the county they reside in.
  • Pay applicable adoption fees 
McLean County Animal Control
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Adoption Fees
Illinois law requires adopted animals be spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, registered with the county, and receive a microchip. Animal Control Center collects deposits toward the services of adoption, which include:
  • Boarding (adoption fee) -  $10
  • McLean County registration - $10
  • Rabies vaccination deposit - $8
  • Microchipping deposit - $40
  • Spay or neuter: $35 
Additional veterinarian charges may apply.

Information on additional animal shelters in the area is available here.

Spay / Neuter Voucher Program
Upon adoption, clients will receive a spay / neuter voucher to give to their veterinarian to help cover spay / neuter costs. Funded by the McLean County Pet Population Control Fund, the vouchers can be used at a veterinarian of the client’s choice that participates in the voucher program. View a listing of McLean County veterinarians.

Pet OwnershipResponsibility of Adoption 
Welcoming a new furry family member into your home is a rewarding, but large responsibility. Before adopting a pet, consider your current and future lifestyle and consider your answers to these questions:

  1. Do you already have any pets? How would they react to a new furry friend?
  2. Do you currently or do you plan on adding any children into your family?
  3. Do you have enough money in your budget to pay for scheduled and unscheduled vet visits?
  4. Does my current residence allow pets? If so, are there any size restrictions?
  5. Does your schedule allow you to spend enough time with your pet?
  6. What age of animal is best for you? Do you have the patience to train a puppy or is an older animal better for you?
  7. Who will care for the pet when you are away?

Adoption Stories
Adoption story submitted by Gina R. Feb. 11, 2014: 

"About 12 years ago, we came into (the McLean County Animal Control) facility to look at a puppy. My son wanted the puppy, but the chemistry just wasn't there. Alex decided to look at the other dogs you had (available for adoption). In the last kennel he stopped and stared into the eyes of a pit mix who was about 2 years old. "This is the dog," he said. "Mia" came home with us that day and has been a loving member of the family ever since." 

Pictured is Gina R.'s son, Alex, with their dog, Mia. Photo submitted by Gina R.


Mia and Alex
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Pictured is Bella in her new forever home. Photo submitted by Kim A.
 Adoption story submitted by Kim A. March 25, 2014: 

"My husband and I were talking about getting a puppy over the past few months to replace the void left with the loss of our previous dog several years ago. We then learned that McLean County Animal Control (MCAC) had a 6-month-old Labrador available for adoption. Bella stole our hearts at the first meeting! The staff at MCAC was so helpful and offered many suggestions to help Bella settle into our home. From what we know, we are Bella’s third home, not counting her time at MCAC or the breeder’s. The adoption process went very smoothly, and we brought our rambunctious puppy home on Valentine’s Day 2014. She truly is a sweetheart—very snuggly and playful. Bella has thrived with regular daily walks, play time, and lots of chew toys. She loves to help out where she can, and her favorite job is bringing in the morning newspaper. The joy she brings to our home is immeasurable! We wish to give a big thank you to the staff at MCAC for helping us bring the pitter patter of puppy paws back into our home."

Have you adopted an animal from the Animal Control Center? Tell us your adoption story