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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Upcoming Events

Panting for Paws 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run

November 6 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Art for the Paws

April 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

11/6 | Lippold Park, Crystal Lake, IL
Panting for Paws 5K Run/Walk
& 1 Mile Fun Run
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Time to Register for the 10th Annual Panting for Paws

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Latest News

Fall in Love – September Cat Special

It's Fall and we want you to "Fall in Love" with one [...]

Art for the Paws Another Great Success!

For the second year in a row, the Art for the Paws [...]

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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