Helping Paws Animal Shelter’s mission is to provide shelter, food, medical care, and comfort to abandoned, neglected, and abused animals until they are placed into loving, responsible homes.

Second Chances Start Here!

Helping Paws is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our small, committed staff of 11 employees and over 300 dedicated volunteers handle and care for more than 800 animals annually and serve more than 300,000 residents in McHenry County and surrounding communities.

Each animal that comes into our shelter is treated with respect, kindness and compassion. We believe that for each of our animals…”Second Chances Start Here.”

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The best things in life are rescued.

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HP Animal of the Week

Fynn

Hound Mix – Black/Tan – 1 year – Male/Medium

Fynn came to us from down South and has been at Helping Paws since 1/26/17.

See what some of our volunteers have to say…

Fynn is very easy going and is looking for a buddy to walk along side life with! He never pulls on his leash and walks right by your side obediently. Fynn is always happy, but not overly excited.

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Upcoming Events

Art for the Paws Call to Artists

January 2 @ 12:00 pm - February 28 @ 4:00 pm

Art for the Paws

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Paw Crawl

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - August 27 @ 1:00 am

3/31/17 | Auction Starts!
Art for the Paws Online Art Auction
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Have a Heart for Paws!

Have a Heart for Paws is virtual this year!
What better way to show love than helping cats and dogs who are waiting for their forever homes!

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Latest News

Calling All Artists – 3rd Annual Art for the Paws

Helping Paws Animal Shelter is looking for artists of all abilities and skill levels to participate in our third annual Art for the Paws fundraiser and community outreach project!

Windy City Bulls host Fundraiser for Helping Paws

Are you a basketball Fan?  Love the Chicago Bulls?  Helping Paws invites [...]

Shoes for Shelter Fundraiser

Help support Helping Paws by donating your gently worn, used or new [...]

New and Improved Helping Paws Website

We are proud and excited to announce the new Helping Paws Animal [...]

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Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.

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