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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

Bo

Chihuahua Mix – Brown/Brindle – 3 months – Male/Small

Bo came to us from Kentucky and has been at Helping Paws since 1/24/17.

See what some of our volunteers have to say…

Bo is a sweet little puppy with lots of energy. He likes to play tug and will chase balls and seems to get along well with other dogs. Bo also gives kisses and likes to cuddle when he has used up his puppy play energy. He prefers cuddling up on his fleece blanket instead of a doggie bed. Bo is a super smart boy, so he will learn quickly.

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Upcoming Events

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

Panting for Paws 5K Run/Walk

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

3/31/17 | Auction Starts!
Art for the Paws Online Art Auction
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This Art is Something to Bark About!

Art for the Paws On-line Auction Starts March 31!

This year’s artwork will have you barking and meowing with delight! Over 250 original “mini masterpieces” will be available to bid on beginning March 31.

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Latest News

Almost $950 Raised to Help the Animals

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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!

Shoes for Shelter Fundraiser

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

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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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