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Art for the Paws 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. All proceeds from this event will benefit Helping Paws Animal Shelter and further it's mission to help more homeless dogs and cats find homes. To access the auction site, go to Art for the Paws 2017 On-line Auction. Bidding starts on Friday, March 31 at 9 am. You will need an account to bid. If you did not create one last year, [...]


Happy Tail: Angus

I am a volunteer at HP and I also foster kittens and when we fostered Angus little did we know how he would steal our hearts. He is such a joy and always sleeps in the bed with us and when he wants attention he will head butt me and then give me kisses. So you can say we are foster failures but we love each day we spend with as I call them our kids for they give us unconditional love each day and [...]


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. Over 140 people were in attendance at the Art for the Paws Reception [...]


New and Improved Helping Paws Website

We are proud and excited to announce the new Helping Paws Animal Shelter website! Our new site has been built and designed from the ground up to be more functional and user-friendly, allowing you to quickly get to the areas of the site you visit most often. Better yet, our new site has been optimized for all mobile devices. Support Us - Make your donation online, quickly and easily, so you can help change more lives and give our animals a second chance. We also [...]


Paws in the Park Making a Splash in June

It’s almost here! Our 16th annual Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest is coming up on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 10am to 3pm at Emricson Park in Woodstock and we want you to join us!  We have changed the date to be in June this year in hopes that the weather will be sunnier, warmer and everyone can have even more fun! This family, pet-friendly event is open to the public and all well-behaved pooches with their humans. Our wonderful pet parade [...]


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 being raised for Helping Paws. During the month of February, several local businesses took donations for Helping Paws where donors wrote their name(s) on a paw print which was then displayed at the local business. 100% of the donations will go towards the feeding and care of the homeless animals at Helping Paws Animal Shelter. “We are so grateful for the support of everyone who donated during this fun campaign,” said Ravelle Schwab, [...]



Date of Birth 4-15-03 This very handsome guy is extremely shy and afraid of loud noises and quick movements. He is very observant and sensitive, who will warm up with kindness and patience. Once he trust you, he really welcomes petting and belly rubs. He'd do best in a quiet household with no small children.



Date of Birth 7-7-09 She's a slightly plump gray and white tabby who has a heart shaped patch over her nose. She doesn't like being picked up, but tolerates petting and is rather talkative. She's fearful of other cats, so needs to be in a single cat household. She would also do well in a quiet home in which her diet could be monitored.



Date of Birth 3-29-08 This cute big fellow, who lived on a farm for several years, was relinquished when his guardian moved away. He likes to be brushed, petted and have his back scratched, but doesn't like to be picked up. He's hoping to find a very understanding home that will give him the patience he needs to adjust.