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The Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest is our exciting dog- and family-friendly event where you can bring your dog(s) and enjoy a day of fun at Emricson Park in Woodstock! Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day with many a walk around a nature path, games and prizes, pet blessing, raffles, vendors, food and more! You’ll also get a chance to meet a few of our shelter dogs that are available for adoption.

Participants can register individually, form/join a team, or even as a virtual walker. A fundraising page can also be created to help raise even more for the animals at Helping Paws by asking for donations. Go here for all the details.


Registration online or download the PIP 2017 Registration Form.


Be an advocate AND a fundraiser for the animals by collecting pledges. You can set up a pledge page during online registration or download the Big Dog Pledge Form.

Pet Info

  • All dogs must be human- and dog-friendly and be up to date on rabies and distemper vaccinations.
  • Pet water stations will be available along the walk.
  • Dogs must be securely leashed and under control at all times. NO retractable or flexi leashes allowed at event.
  • Be prepared to clean up after your dog. Bags will be provided to all participants.
  • Helping Paws reserves the right ask for removal of any dog showing signs of aggression.

Vendor & Sponsorship Opportunities

We still have some sponsor and vendor opportunities for this event. Please contact Michelle at sponsorships@helpingpaws.net for more information.

2017 Sponsors

Second Chance Sponsors

Big Dog Sponsors

Tail Wagger Sponsors

Animal Hospital of McHenry
Camp Bow Wow McHenry
Invisible Fence of IL
Ridgeview Family Dental
Woodstock Veterinary Clinic

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