Animal Welfare

Erika Rosas, Director

1634 S. Laramie Ave.
Building B
Cicero, IL 60804
(p) 708-652-0825
(f) 708-222-8121

Cicero Waggin’ Tails Shelter – Pets Available for Adoption!

Our animals that are ready for adoption are all ready to be given the unconditional love they need and deserve. They have already been vet checked, temperament tested, have had a parvo test, been de-wormed and given their distemper, bordetella and rabies shots. All pets are also spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before leaving our shelter with their new family.

If interested in adopting from the Cicero Waggin’ Tails Shelter, an application must be filled out and approved. Please call the shelter at (708) 652-0825 if you have any other questions regarding the adoption process or to meet our pets for adoption.


There are so many wonderful pets at Cicero Waggin’ Tails Shelter that are in need of loving homes. If you are thinking about a new family member please check out our web site at:

Or come by and view our pets looking for a good home…

Shelter adoption hours:
Monday thru Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm

Department of Animal Welfare, Care & Control

The Department of Animal Welfare, Care & Control cares for all the animals in the Town of Cicero.

Animal Registry

All dogs and cats must be registered with the Town of Cicero. You may do so by bringing a copy of your pet’s rabies certificate to the Town Collector’s Office. Registry cost is $5 if the animal is spayed/neutered and $10 if the animal is not. The number of allowed pets in one household is three.

Cicero Shelter/Cicero Waggin’ Tails Shelter

At our shelter, all animals are kept safe and comfortable. They each are given their own large caged in run area with food, water, treats, blankets and/or pillows and toys. The dogs are allowed to spend time outside in our runs at least three times a day for 10-20 minutes (with supervision) . If we feel that a sick animal has come into our facility, we make sure to avoid any contact with other animals that we have in our care. If the animal was injured while on the street,the animal is transported to the animal hospital for care.

Lost Pets

Residents with the misfortune of losing their pet may contact us to assist them in their effort in finding their pet and bringing it home safely.

If the animal is wearing a collar with identification or has a microchip, we will notify the owner immediately. Citizens have 7 days to claim their pet. If you do not pick up your pet within the 7 days, it then becomes property of the Town of Cicero. The seven day term includes weekends and holidays.

If a pet comes into our facility and has no identification at all and an owner does not contact us, the animal will be held for 4 days, including weekends and holidays, as a courtesy to pet owners. We want nothing more than to reunite these animals with their families. It then become property of the Town of Cicero..

Pets not claimed within the 4 or 7 day period will then be prepared to be put up for adoption at the Cicero Waggin’ Tails Shelter. We also work with many rescues. We do not believe in euthanizing any pet unless it is absolutely necessary. Animals only in severe pain and that are near death will be put down.

Owner Give-up

If a Cicero resident has a pet that they can no longer care for, they can contact us and bring the pet to our shelter where they can sign the pet over to us and we will then prepare the pet to be adopted into a loving home. There is a fee of $25 for this service.

Wildlife Trapping

The Department of Animal Welfare, Care & Control has obtained a license from the Department of Agriculture to be able to trap wildlife. This includes opossums, raccoons and feral cats that try to make your backyard or porch their home. With the residents consent, we will leave a humane trap on your property. Once the animal is trapped, the resident can contact us to schedule a pick up of the animal. There is no fee for this service.

Animal Abuse and Cruelty

If you witness or know of any animal abuse, you may contact the Director, Erika Rosas at 708-606-8400
(This number is for confidential cruelty/abuse calls only

If you are in need of an Animal Welfare Officer please call 708-606-8400 and an officer will be sent out to assist you.
Animal Welfare Officers are on duty : 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Officers Hours : Monday thru Friday 8:00am-Midnight
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am-Midnight