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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

April

All White – 5 year old – Female

April is a beautiful all white cat with big green eyes!  All she wants is an owner who will let her sit on your lap.  She needs to be the Queen of her domain, however, so no other cats in the household.

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Upcoming Events

Panting for Paws 5K and 1 Mile Family Walk/Run

November 10 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Don't Miss This Family- and Dog-Friendly Event!
Panting for Paws 5K and 1 Mile Family Run/Walk 2018
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Peace, Love, Paws!

18th Annual Paws in Park Dog Walk and Pet Fest

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Plans are underway for our 18th annual Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest! This event is a dog- and family-friendly event where you can bring your dog(s) and enjoy a day of fun at Emricson Park in Woodstock! This fun-filled day will include a walk around a nature path, dog 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 or form/join a team. A fundraising page can also be created to help raise even more for the animals at Helping Paws by asking for donations.

Registration

Registration is now open!

Pledges

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

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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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