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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 no-kill animal shelter and 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

Sugar

Domestic Short Hair – Grey/White Tabby – 9 years old – Female 11 lbs

Sugar was relinquished to us and has been at Helping Paws since 1/17. Just like her name, she is the sweetest cat ever! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give this Senior a wonderful home? She is eligible for our Senior to Senior program where we waive the adoption fee to any adopter 65 years of age or older! Not 65? That’s okay, it’s Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month and we are reducing our fees on all cats (6 months or older) by $20.

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Upcoming Events

Paw Crawl

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

Panting for Paws 5K Run/Walk

November 5 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Come crawl around the Woodstock Square!
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Something to Purr About!

Meow Luau – June 25 – FREE EVENT

Calling all cat lovers.  Come and join us on Sunday, June 25 for a fun time at an event that is just about our favorite felines.

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Latest News

Voting for Best of the Fox

It’s that time of year again! The Best of the Fox [...]

17th Annual Benefit Flower Sale

Spring has Sprung!  It's time for Helping Paws' 17th Annual Benefit [...]

Art for the Paws Auction Starts March 31!

This year's artwork will have you barking and meowing with delight! Over [...]

Almost $950 Raised to Help the Animals

We finally got the results tabulated for our 2017 Have a [...]

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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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