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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.”


The best things in life are rescued.


HP Animal of the Week


Orange Tabby – 7 years old – Male 

This boy is as sweet as his name, Reeces, and you will just love him to pieces! He was found with a group of cats in a barn, but he is definitely not an outdoor cat. He just loves being petted. This gorgeous Orange guy just wants some love and attention!

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Upcoming Events

Art for the Paws 2018 Reception

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest

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

Paw Crawl

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - August 26 @ 1:00 am

Call for artists!
Canvases Due Back


Calling All Artists!

4th Annual Art for the Paws – Small Works, Big Inspiration

It’s time for all local artists, students and art enthusiasts to get your canvases for this year’s Art for the Paws community outreach program and shelter fundraiser.

People from all creative backgrounds and all ages are encouraged to participate. Past submissions have included photography, three-dimensional and sculptural work, assemblages, fiber work, painting, writing and collaborative works.

To take part in this incredible event:

* Each artist must fill out a Participation Form and sign it.
* Up to 2 canvases per artist.
* All artwork must be created on a 6” x 6” canvas obtained from Helping Paws or a partner location. No other canvases will be accepted. We pre-number them and only have space for 350.
* We ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of each canvas.
* Artwork does not have to be just animals.

Canvases are now available at the following locations (these businesses also serve as drop-off points for finished artwork.) Please call ahead or check their website for business hours before going to locations.

Helping Paws Woodstock, IL
2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-4400

Reprographics      http://www.imageforyou.com/
26 Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 477-1018

The Studio Art School
3316 Pearl Street, McHenry, IL 60050 (815) 385-3990

Material Things Artisan Market
103 E. Van Buren, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 575-9710

You will also receive an Art for the Paws Guidelines sheet with more details and the deadline for submitting artwork is February 28.

We can’t wait to see what everyone creates this year! 


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