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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

El Dura

Domestic Short Hair – Grey/White Tabby – 14 years 8 months – Female 8 lbs

El Dura was relinquished to us and has been at Helping Paws since 7/14.  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!

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Upcoming Events

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

4/22/17 See the Complete Mosaic!
Art for the Paws Public Reception
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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

17th Annual Benefit Flower Sale

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Art for the Paws Auction Starts March 31!

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Almost $950 Raised to Help the Animals

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

Have a Heart for Paws Goes Virtual

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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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