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

WENDY

Beagle Mix – Tan/White – 1 year, 10 months – Female/Medium

Wendy came to us from another shelter and has been at Helping Paws since 6/28/16.

Hear what some of our volunteers have to say…

Wendy is a beautiful, sweet dog who gives wonderful hugs and kisses and loves to be pampered. She is very food motivated but listens well to “Sit” and “Down”. Wendy would do best with an experienced dog person willing to spend time and energy with training. She’s strong on the leash, but can easily be walked with treats in hand. She absolutely loves squeaky toys, playing fetch and is good with most other dogs. 

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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

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

2/1/17 | Donations Start!
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FEATURED POST

Open Call for Artists!

It’s Art for the Paws Time!
Get your creative juices going, canvases will be available beginning January 2nd!

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Latest News

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New and Improved Helping Paws Website

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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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