What is appropriate shelter?

A shelter which has four sides, a roof, a floor and straw bedding. The shelter shall be of sufficient size to permit animal to stand up and turn around inside when fully grown and allow retention of body heat. The shelter shall be placed to provide shade from the sun and protection from the weather.  If you are cold, they are cold. If you are hot, they are hot.

Where can I get appropriate shelter?

You can order shelters online, purchase at local farm stores or supercenters, Facebook Marketplace or Facebook group “All About Animals for Vermilion County Illinois,” call VC Animal Control and ask for help!

What is an appropriate tether?

Illinois State Law states that a dog cannot be tethered with a lead that exceeds 1/8th of the dog’s body weight and under no circumstances can a tow chain or log chain be used as a tether. A tether must be at least 10 feet long and placed where a dog cannot get tangled with another animal. A tether must attach to a properly fitting harness or collar. It is illegal to use a pinch, prong or choke-type collar. Under no circumstances should a padlock be used on a dog.

What counts as “Running at Large?”

If your dog is not on a leash or contained in an enclosure or fence ON your property, your dog is likely running at large. Save yourself the headache and keep your dog contained.  We don’t want it at the shelter and you don’t either.

My dog or cat is 4months old or older, how do I get it licensed and registered with the county? It is required by law for all dogs and cats over 4 months of age to be given a rabies vaccination.

  1. Obtain a rabies vaccine from any local veterinarian or low-cost vaccine Veterinarians are the only source for rabies vaccines. Rabies vaccines ARE NOT SOLD AT FARM STORES.
  2. Easiest option, buy your license/tag from your veterinarian!
  3. Visit https://www.vercounty.org/animal-shelter/ to purchase your tag!
  4. Bring proof of vaccine to Vermilion County Department of Animal Regulation at 14775 Catlin Tilton Rd, Danville, IL 61834 and purchase your tag from us!
  5. Call Vermilion County Department of Animal Regulation at 217-431-2660 and purchase your tag over the phone!

What monthly preventative will keep my pet healthy?

Flea and tick preventatives and heart worm preventatives play a big role in the health of your animal.   Fleas and ticks cause different diseases and skin issues for your animal that can be expensive to treat. Heart worms can kill your dog or cost you thousands of dollars to treat when a simple monthly treatment could prevent any issues. You can purchase preventatives at your vet clinic or online at Chewy.com! You can pick up flea and tick preventatives from most local department stores, Pet Supplies Plus and our local farm stores. There are many brands to pick from and some preventatives can even be given by mouth and treat all 3 things at once!

I’m in over my head with animals and I’m not sure what to do. I just wanted to help. Who can help?

Vermilion County Animal Control! We can help you get to a number of animals that is healthy for you and for the animals. We can help you find placement for your animals so they can live a long healthy life.  Call us and ask to speak with an officer. We want to help! 217-431-2660

Local Veterinary Clinics

Danville Small Animal Clinic
1772 Georgetown Rd
Tilton, IL 61833
(217) 443-3933
Fairchild Animal Hospital
619 Oak St
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 442-9010
Paxton Vet Clinic
1953 East 200 N Rd
Paxton, IL 60957
(217) 379-3232
Stateline Hillcrest
3361 Lynch Court
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 442-3088
Eastlake Animal Hospital
3180 N Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 446-3010
St Joseph Animal Hospital
811 N 4th St
St Joseph, IL 61873
(217) 469-2220
Middlefork Veterinary Clinic
7961 East 2500 N Rd
Collison, IL 61831
(217) 776-2365
Red Barn Veterinary Service
854 County Rd 2100 E
Sidney, IL 61877
(217) 688-2800


Sports Vet Animal Medical Center
1105 N Dunlap Ave
Savoy, IL 61874
(217) 355-1442
U of I Veterinary Hospital
1008 W Hazelwood Dr
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 333-5300
Purdue University Small Animal Hospital
625 Harrison St
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-1107