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 free for all pets of Cicero residents.  The number of allowed pets in one household is five.

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

Sec. 82-398. – Dog Park

(a) Definitions.

  • Dog park means an area, within the Town, where dogs are permitted, in accordance with the rules of this Section.
  • Dog park permit tag means the registration tag, issued by the Town, required for any dog to enter a dog park.
  • Large leash free area means a leash free area designated only for dogs over 30 pounds.
  • Leash free area means a marked area within a dog park where dogs are permitted without a leash, as established by the Department of Animal Welfare, Care & Control.

Owner shall mean any person that owns, accompanies, handles or intends to accompany or handle a dog in a dog park.

Small leash free area means a leash free area designated only for dogs 30 pounds and under.

(b) All regulations governing the use of public parks, as set forth inChapter 82, Article X of this Code, shall apply in all dog parks. In the event that any provision of this section conflicts with any other provision of Chapter 82, Article X of this Code, the provisions of this Section shall control and prevail.

(c) General rules relating to dogparks.

(1) Owners shall keep their dogson a leash at all times in a dog park, except as allowed in leash free areas.

(2) Owners shall keep their dog(s) on a leash when entering or exiting a leash free area.

(3) No person under the age of eighteen (18) is allowed in a leash free area.

(4) All persons entering a dogpark shall be owners accompanying at least one (1) dog.

(5) No owner shall accompany or handle more than two (2) dogs within a dog park.

(6) No more than two (2) owners shall be allowed to accompany one (1) dog in a dog park.

(7) Owners shall not leave their dog(s) unattended in a dogpark.

(8) No person shall bring into or possess any food or beverage in a dog park. This provision shall not be construed to prohibit the possession of dog food or dog treats in a dog park.

(9) Owners are responsible for the care of their dog(s) while in any dog park, including, but not limited to, disposing of its waste.

(10) Owners are responsible for any and all damage or injury to any person, dog or property caused by their dog(s).

(11) While in leash free areas, owners shall have a leash in their hands at all times.

(12) Owners shall be within view of their dog(s) and within voice control of their dog(s) at all times.

(13) Owners shall not allow their dog(s) to jump dog parkfences. Ingress and egress shall only be through the designated gateways of a dog park.

(14) Owners shall not use choke or pinch collars on dog(s) in a leash free area.

(d) Owners are prohibited from allowing their dog(s) to enter a dog park if the dog(s):

(1) Is under the age of four months;

(2) Is in heat;

(3) Shows signs of aggression;

(4) Exhibits signs of illness; or

(5) Is pregnant.

(e) Maximum occupancy. Each leash free area shall be limited to:

(1) No more than ten dogs in a large leash free area at any time.

(2) No more than 15 dogs in a small leash free area at any time.

(f) Dog park permit tag required. Before allowing a dog to enter a dog park, owners must obtain a dog park permit tag, in accordance with this subsection.

(1) A dog park permit tag shall be issued to any owner who provides proof of the following:

a. Purchase of a valid animal license as required by Section 18-37 of this Code;

b. Payment of the fee as provided in Section 82-398(f)(4) of this Code;

c. A signed waiver by the owner, as provided by the Town;

d. The following vaccinations for each dog:

1. Rabies;

2. Parvovirus;

3. Distemper;

4. Hepatitis;

5. Adenovirus;

6. Parainfluenza;

7. Leptospirosis;

8. Coronavirus;

9. Bordetella;

10. H3N2 Vaccine;

11. H3N8 Vaccine; and

e. The owner has viewed the introduction video  shown at Cicero Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter.

(2) Dog park permit tags must be renewed annually upon proof of fulfillment of the requirements of Section 82-398(f)(1).

(3) Dog park permit tags shall be issued by the Town Collector and any other department designated by a majority vote of the Town Board.

(4) Dog park permit tag rates. The fees for a dog parkpermit tag shall be as follows:

a. Town resident – $20.00 for each dog up to a maximum of five dogs.

b. Senior Town resident (a Town resident 62 years of age or older) – $5.00 for each dog up to a maximum of five dogs.

c. Non-Town resident – $50.00 for each dog up to a maximum of three dogs.

d. Senior non-Town resident (a non-Town resident 62 years of age or older) – $20.00 for each dog up to a maximum of three dogs.

(g) A minimum fine of $100.00 and a maximum fine of $750.00 shall be imposed for violations of this Section. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the fines and fees collected pursuant to this Section shall be collected in accordance with law and all sums hereunder are collectible, but notwithstanding that such sums due and owing are not debts to the Town pursuant to Section 1-17unless adjudicated as such in accordance with Chapter 2, Article VII of this Code.

(h) Any dog(s) found in a dog parkwithout an owner is subject to impoundment pursuant to Sections 18-42 through 18-45 of this Code.

(Ord. No. 85-16, § 3.00, 11-22-2016)

Sec. 82-383. – Hours.

No person shall be or remain in any Public Park between sunset and sunrise on the following day. This Section shall not apply to individuals who are attending events hosted or sponsored by the Town. This Section shall not apply to authorized Town personnel or police officers or patrolmen acting within the scope of their lawful duties.

(Ord. No. 78-08, § 3.03, 8-26-2008)