Animal Control


Unclaimed cats and dogs are available for adoption through various adoption agencies that work with Animal Control. Animal Control Officers can provide information on the adoption process. Call 847-982-5970 for details.

Animal Bite Investigations

Animal Control Officers will respond to reports of animal bites. Domestic animals will be observed for signs of rabies. Wild animals will be euthanized and tested for rabies. Call 847-982-5970 to report an animal bite.

Animal Control Educational Programs

Animal Control Officers provide information pertaining to wildlife and domestic animals located in Skokie. Educational programs are available to community groups and schools throughout the Village. Call 847-982-5970 for information or to schedule a program.

Dog and Cat Licensing

Pet owners must obtain a license for all dogs and cats over four months of age.  The licenses can be purchased at Skokie Village Hall.

Domestic Animal Control

In order to maintain a high quality of life for Skokie residents, a variety of ordinances relating to animals have been enacted. These ordinances include numerous requirements:

  • Dog defecation must be picked up
  • Dogs are not allowed in parks/playgrounds
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times when not on the owner's property
  • Cats and dogs must be licensed,
  • Barnyard animals can not be kept within the Village
The Animal Control officers enforce these and many other animal related ordinances in the Village of Skokie.  Violations will result in a written warning or a citation. Stray animals are captured and impounded. A lost and found program is operated to assist individuals in recovering their lost pets. Call the Animal Control Division at 847-982-5970 to file a complaint.

Lost and Found Animals

The Animal Control Division maintains records of all pets that have been lost or found in Skokie.  Prompt reporting of lost or found animals is crucial.  If your pet is missing or if you spot a wandering pet, please contact Animal Control at 

Stray Dogs & Cats

Stray dogs and cats that are picked up by the Animal Control officers in Skokie are temporarily housed at private shelters. Animals that are not claimed in five days are transferred to another shelter if space is available. Every effort is made to find homes for all unclaimed animals. Information on adoption sites or locating lost pets is available by calling the Animal Control Division.


In addition to domestic animal control, the Animal Control officers provide assistance to residents who are having problems with wildlife. Animal Control officers respond to calls about wildlife damage to homes and yards.  Baiting and trapping procedures are conducted as needed. For more information or to file a complaint, call 847-982-5970.


Traps are available for loan to residents who are having problems with nuisance wildlife. Trapped wildlife are either relocated or humanely euthanized depending on the situation and type of animal. Information is provided to prevent the problem from occurring again.

Injured Wildlife

The officers also assist injured wildlife. The most frequently occurring situation involves animals struck by vehicles. Whenever possible, injured wildlife are transported to wildlife rehabilitators for treatment and release. Wildlife found dead in Skokie are removed for proper disposal.