Peoria County Animal Protection Services

COVID-19 Services and Hours of Operation

Our office is currently open to the public for services at a service window. In-shelter services will require an appointment.  While we look forward to resuming our in-shelter services, we ask that you please review our reopening guidelines and call ahead before visiting the shelter. 

Many of our services are able to be conducted by phone or email. Shelter viewings and adoptions must be scheduled by appointment. Please call our Office at (309) 672-2440 during normal business hours for assistance, and we will be glad to help.

kitten 2Who We Are

Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) demonstrates a successful partnership between governmental agencies and private organizations. The shelter is operated by the County of Peoria through agreements with the Peoria Humane Society and the Peoria County Veterinary Medical Association and remains the only open admission animal shelter in Peoria County. 

Through these agreements, PCAPS:

  • Prevents and controls rabies through animal bite investigation and rabies registration
  • Enforces state, county and city animal control and welfare laws, consistent with your city’s level of contractual service
  • Investigates animal bite reports and cruelty or neglect reports
  • Operates a shelter for stray and homeless animals
  • Licenses dogs and cats
  • Adopts animals to responsible homes
  • Promotes responsible pet-ownership and animal welfare through counseling and law enforcement
  • Rescues animals that are lost, diseased, injured, or in peril
  • Offers a variety of spay or neuter programs to Peoria County residents

PCAPS remains an open admission shelter and accepts every animal that comes to the shelter. In 2019, PCAPS received more than 4,400 domestic and wild animals. While many dogs and cats come to the shelter as strays, nearly 30% are brought to us by owners who could no longer keep their pets.

We proudly feed and recommend Hills Science Diet.


Our goal is to find the best possible outcome for every animal that comes to our door. In many cases this is adoption, returning the animal to its’ owner, or transfer to another agency. On occasion, if an animal is suffering or is too aggressive to be placed back into the community, it may be euthanized. We work with many partner organizations to help ensure that every animal is given the best opportunity for a good outcome following their stay at PCAPS.


PCAPS is located on north east Perry Avenue, two blocks north of Woodruff High School behind Glen Oak Park. For specific directions, please call PCAPS at 309-672-2440.  

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