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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 Important Registration Fee Information:

Registration fees changed January 1, 2017, please make sure you are paying the correct fee as shown below.  Fees are non-refundable so it is important to make sure you are charged the correct amount for your pet's registration.

Registration Fee Schedule

Animal Status 1 Year Registration 3 Year Registration
Spayed/Neutered $15 $35
Sexually Intact $50 $125


Owner is 62 or older: $5 discount
Dog is microchipped: $5 discount

Fee to replace a lost tag: $2


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Radio Interview 

Listen to Star 105.5's Stew Cohen interview several of our staff members

Check out our Adoptable Pets and adoption process here.


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
Janelle E. Carlson Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2106
Megan A. Falsetti Kennel Tech I 815-459-6222
Kiley R. Gardner Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2100
Maryellen G. Howell Veterinary Division Manager 815-334-4940
Velvet D. Juarez Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2101
Lauren Kleinjan Office Assistant II  815-334-4949
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
Cindy L. McKenzie Animal Control Officer Coordinator 815-334-4948
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 815-334-4942
Betty J. Schlieben Admin Spec III 815-334-4943
Nicolet V. Sink Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2104
Joseph W. Soucek Animal Control Officer I 815-334-2105
Margarita Villagomez Office Assistant II 815-334-4941
Jill M. Younglove Kennel Tech I 815-334-2108