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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Upcoming Events

Panting for Paws 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run

November 6 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Art for the Paws

April 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

8/27 | Historic Woodstock Square, Woodstock, IL
Paw Crawl
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Art for the Paws Another Great Success!

For the second year in a row, the Art for the Paws fundraising event is another great success. More than 250 canvases were returned after a ‘call to artists’ in January and almost as many returned to be part of the 16’ by 4’ foot mosaic of original art. Local artists, mostly from McHenry County and surrounding areas, shared their creativity in a wide variety of mediums and presentations of their art.

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Latest News

New and Improved Helping Paws Website

We are proud and excited to announce the new Helping Paws Animal [...]

Paws in the Park Making a Splash in June

It’s almost here! Our 16th annual Paws in the Park Walk & [...]

Have a Heart for Paws Raises Over $700 for Animals at Helping Paws

The third annual Have a Heart for Paws campaign was a success with $746.04 [...]

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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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