Animal Welfare

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare has the statutory authority to license and inspect pet shop operators, dog dealers, kennel operators, cat and dog breeders, animal control facilities, animal shelters, day care operators, guard dog services and horse rescues.  These facilities are defined in the Illinois Animal Welfare Act, 225 ILCS 605, and all facilities must comply with the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Rules.  

In addition to licenses under the Act, the Illinois Department of Agriculture administers Humane Investigator training and maintains a listing of licensees and reports as required.

License Application and Renewal

Click on the link above to access ALL of the information needed to apply for and renew a license. 

A listing of the laws, rules and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare.  The Animal Wefare Act and Animal Welfare Rules are listed here as well as on the page for license applications.

A listing of companies and indivuduals licensed through the Illinois Department of Agriculture to do business with the state of Illinois.  Animal Health and Welfare licenses are at the top of this page. 


Approved Humane Investigators
Approved Humane Investigators are persons approved by the Department to determine if there has been a violation of the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act.  They must have membership in or be employed by a humane society and must be sponsored by the humane society they are affiliated with.  They are not employed by and do not represent the Illinois Department of Agriculture.   

Licensing Summary Statistical Report
This is a summary of information regarding Animal Health and Welfare licenses in compliance with 225 ILCS 605 (Illinois Animal Welfare Act), 225 ILCS 620 (Illinois Feeder Swine Dealer Licensing Act), 225 ILCS 645 (Illinois Livestock Dealer Licensing Act), 225 ILCS 635 (Illinois Horse Meat Act), and 225 ILCS 655 (Illinois Slaugher Livestock Buyer Act).
This report includes intake and outcome statistics for each licensed animal control facility or animal shelter as required under 225 ILCS 605/7 paragraphs (1) and (2). 
A listing of various forms for the Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare, Meat and Poultry Inspection and Livestock Management Facilities.  

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