Will County Animal Control celebrated its brand new animal control building in Joliet on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The new 6,000-square-foot facility has better technologies for responding to lost pets and animal alerts in the community. Prior to the new building’s construction, Will County Animal Control did not have temporary emergency housing for its animals.
Will County Animal Control will service the County as a whole, including incorporated and unincorporated communities. It will also serve the community by offering animal bites and performing emergency pickups on strays.
Dr. Leroy Schild, the Will County Animal Control administrator, said their agency has been working towards the space for the past 20 years. He adds the building acts as a more centrally located facility to help serve the County.
Up until 2019, the Kankakee County Animal Control had been attempting to raise funds for a new building. That plan was canceled when Kankakee County Board Chairman Andrew Wheeler moved Animal Control duties to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.
Wheeler cited the move after research and time consulting with surrounding counties and how they operated specifically Will County’s operations. Which now of course has its own, brand new building to better serve Will County.
The new facility is located at 22452 S. Cherry Hill Road in Joliet and can be reached by phone at (815) 462-5633, or follow them on Facebook here.