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St. Clair and Madison Counties, Illinois Dog Resource Guide

Laws and Ordinances that Affect Dog Owners

  • Licensing Laws - St. Clair county requires that all dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed. Fees range from $9 to $25. Forms can be picked up at all veterinarian offices.
  • Leashing Laws - Owners in Glen Carbon (Sect. 5-2-4) and Godfrey (Sect. 14-6) must keep their dog on a leash or under their immediate control at all times.
  • “Pooper Scooper” Laws - Glen Carbon (Sect. 5-2-7) and Godfrey (Sect. 14-12) require that owners clean up any waste left by their dog on public or private property.
  • Other Laws Affecting Dog Owners - Owners in Godfrey (Sect. 14-5) and Maryville (Sect. 96.09) may only keep three dogs or cats at a time.

Dog Parks and Dog Park Organization

Joe Glik Park in Edwardsville offers an off-leash area for dogs.
Dogs are welcome in all Godfrey parks (unless otherwise posted) provided they are on a leash and owners immediately remove any waste.

Swansea recently opened an off-leash dog park. It offers separate areas for large and small dogs. Visit their website for more information on becoming a member.

Humane Societies and Animal Shelters

The Warren Billhartz Animal Shelter works closely with the Collinsville Animal Services Department to help reunite owners with their lost pets and find loving homes for stray or unwanted animals in Collinsville. The shelter also periodically offers vaccine and micro-chipping clinics at a reduced rate.

Hope Animal Rescues in Alton is a no-kill shelter that takes in injured or ill animals. They also go to local shelters and gather animals that would otherwise be euthanized due to a lack of space. Hope Animal Rescue works non-stop to provide a second chance for dogs and cats in the Alton area, and encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their pets.

Additional dog organizations and ideas that we support

Animal Rescue and Relief Foundation (ARRF) works with local police departments and humane organizations to provide medical care and support to sick or injured abandoned animals. Once returned to good health, the animals are then put up for adoption. ARRF also offers spay/neuter assistance.

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