Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Animal Control

Mission Statement

The Division of Animal Control and Care promotes and protects public safety through sheltering, pet placement programs, education and animal law enforcement. Our purpose is to provide responsive, efficient and high quality animal care and control services that preserves and protects public and animal safety. Our philosophy is to promote responsible pet ownership, compassion toward animals and safe human-animal interactions. As the agency responsible for animal-related public safety, our mission is achieved through values including professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, accountability and community partnerships.

City Pet Licenses - 3 easy ways to register!

A pet can slip out the door or under the fence or past the babysitter in an instant. But if Fido’s or Fluffy’s owners have secured licenses for their pets through City of Aurora Animal Control, finding them will be easier. And, it’s a law for dog and cat owners. Purchasing and/or renewing a dog or cat license is easy and inexpensive.

1. Fill out the Pet License Form online and mail your payment.

2. Fill out the Pet License Form online and drop off your payment.

3. Print the Pet License Form and drop it off or mail it along with your payment.

Services offered

  • Removal of stray animals from the streets of Aurora.
  • Pick up of stray animals that citizens of Aurora may be holding at their residence.
  • Animal Cruelty investigations on animals residing within the city limits of Aurora.
  • Barking dog complaints
  • Injured animals concerns. Unknown owned dogs or cats, along with injured/sick wildlife inside or outside the home.
  • Removal of wildlife that has inadvertently gotten into the living quarters of a house or residence (this does not include attics and crawlspaces).
  • Removal of road killed animals from the streets of Aurora.
  • Follow up on all pet adoptions from the Animal Control Facility to ensure compliance with adoption contract.
  • Investigation of animal bites.
  • Provide tours of the Animal Control Facility.
  • Talks to groups about being safe around animals, responsible pet ownership and proper pet care.
  • Provide pet adoptions of unwanted pets housed at the facility.

Animal Bites

It is mandatory that all persons bitten by any type of animal must report the bite to our office and their county animal control as soon as possible. Also, anyone who is chased, attacked, or threatened by an animal should also report those incidents especially if the animal is running at large.

Feeding of Stray Cats

Feeding of stray cats within the city limits is prohibited (Animal Control Ordinance 9-12). Feeding of wild/feral or stray cats can encourage cat colonies to form. These colonies can form very quickly when the cats being fed are not spayed/neutered. Please contact Animal Control regarding these types of situations.

Wild Animals

Animal problems concerning removal of healthy wildlife (Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels, and the like) requires a licensed human trapper to be called. The Animal Control Office can fax, mail or provide a list for pickup of licensed humane trappers in the area that can be called.