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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

Reeces

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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Panting for Paws
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Join Us for 11 Years of Panting for Paws

Panting for Paws – November 5, 2017

Last year was a blast as we celebrated 10 years with the community…running, walking, and even panting!

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Latest News

Best of the Fox 7 years in a row!

We want to thank all of our supporters for once again [...]

Meow Luau & Cat Enrichment Fair

Calling all feline friends! Join us for our annual Meow Luau [...]

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 [...]

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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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