The Village does not provide animal control services on private property.
In order to provide residents with a low cost option to trap or remove animals from their property, the Village requested proposals from area service providers to secure a reduced price for animal control services.
The Village has identified ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention as providing the lowest cost services to Wilmette residents that responded to the Village’s request.
ABC Humane Wildlife will charge an initial $65 directly to a private residence for the trapping and removal of raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs and foxes (if the fox den is on the property). During the initial inspection, ABC Humane Wildlife will also discuss points of vulnerability on resident’s homes that may be prone to future animal entry. The cost of eradicating the animals from the property will vary depending on a homeowner’s individual circumstances.
Other services such as problems with beavers, muskrats, coyotes and dead animal removal will be quoted on a case by case basis.
For animal control services, contact ABC Humane Wildlife at 847-870-7175.
Please note that the Village is not the purchaser of private animal control services and the decision to use ABC Humane Wildlife is that of the property owner and not the Village. The decision whether to use ABC Humane Wildlife, or any other commercial animal control service, is completely up to the resident. Residents wishing to use ABC Humane Wildlife must deal with the company directly. The Village is not responsible for the services provided by A BC Humane Wildlife.
Animal Control Services Provided by the Village
The Wilmette Police Department provides the following Animal Control services to residents.
- Investigation of cruelty complaints
- Investigation of dangerous dogs
- Stray dog pick-up
For information regarding these services, please call (847) 256-1200.
Animal Control Ordinances
- Registration and Vaccination: All dogs and cats kept in the village must be currently registered. Licenses are available through the Finance Director's office at the Village Hall. Licenses can be purchased one time for the life of the pet. Dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated against rabies from the entire licensing period.
- The Leash Law: Prohibits dogs from running at large on any public street, park, or other public areas or upon private property other than that of the dog owner. A dog must be restrained by a substantial leash not exceeding ten feet, and be in the control of a competent person when off property.
- Animals in Motor Vehicles: It is illegal to leave a dog or other animal in any unattended vehicle without adequate ventilation, or in extreme temperatures jeopardizing the animal's health and safety.
- The Pooper-Scooper Law: No person may walk a dog on any public or private property not owned by that person unless such person possesses and uses a sanitary and practical means for the prompt removal of the animal's excrement.
- Number of Pets Allowed: As a Wilmette resident, you may keep no more than five household pets over the age of six months provided, however, not more than three of these shall be dogs or cats.
- Barking: Animals which disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of any neighborhood by barking, howling, or making any loud noises any time of the day or night are prohibited.
- Animal Bites: Any animal which bites a person or animal, or so causes an abrasion of the skin is declared a nuisance and may be impounded.
Concerns About Foxes and Other Wildlife
Foxes do not pose an immediate threat to humans or most household pets. Foxes may present some danger to pets that weigh under 5 pounds. To find out more information about specific wildlife and their impact on humans and household pets, please refer to the University of Illinois Extension Living with Wildlife Website.