Other Ways to Give

Helping Paws receives no government funding. All services we provide the community are funded by individual and business donations, grants from charitable foundations, pet adoption fees and fundraising activities held throughout the year.

There are many ways to show your support and help us continue to save the lives of homeless animals each year. All donations made to Helping Paws Animal Shelter are tax-deductible and are used to help care for the animals at our shelter.

Shelter Wish List

Running an animal shelter is expensive and many supplies are needed to support Helping Paws’ operations and care of the animals on a daily basis. While animals are in our care, they receive the best medical attention, good nutrition and a clean, safe environment — all of which require supplies. Please take a moment to review or download a copy of our Wish List. Anything you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off any day of the week between 12:00pm and 4:00pm (until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays). You can also send gifts to the following address:

Helping Paws Animal Shelter
2500 Harding Lane
Woodstock, IL 60098

Matching Gifts

matching graphicDid you know that your donation to Helping Paws Animal Shelter could be matched up to 100% or more by your employer? Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double or even triple a donation’s value. Check with your company to find out if they will match your donation today!

Guardian Angel

Guardian AngelHave you connected with an animal in our shelter that is very special or who really warmed your heart? Perhaps it’s not the right time for you to adopt, but you’d love to help get an animal adopted? Become a Guardian Angel by sponsoring a cat cage or dog kennel and show potential adopters that all animals are worthy of a loving home. The plaque will be hung on your sponsored cat cage or dog kennel, which designates you as that pet’s personal Guardian Angel. You can also sponsor a cage/kennel for your company, community group, organization or family. Guardian Angel Sponsorships start at just $50.

Since we work hard to find all our shelter pets’ new homes as quickly as possible, you may help several animals during your sponsorship period. To become a Guardian Angel, please download the form.

Friendship Wall

helping-paws-friendship-wall-650x486Would you like to permanently memorialize a special pet or person who touched your life? Everyone needs a friend and our Friendship Wall is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for the animals. By sponsoring, one of these paw-shaped plaques will be mounted permanently on our Friendship Wall at the shelter, and you can forever honor or memorialize a special pet or person who has touched your life. These commemorative paw prints are available in variety of sizes and donation levels. Download the form here.

Pet Memorials

A memorial gift to Helping Paws Animal Shelter is a personal remembrance that honors the life of a beloved pet. With a donation of $50, you can make a lasting tribute for your beloved pet on our Pet Memorial Wall. Your memorial plate will be engraved with your dedication and placed on our wall in the entrance as a permanent remembrance of your loved one(s). Each plate measures 1″ x 3″ and allows you up to 4 lines of text.

To add a remembrance of your pet to our Pet Memorial Wall, please download the form here.

Special Cat Care Sponsorship

sponsor-a-cat-300x300There are several dozen cats at the shelter who, for one reason or another, have had difficulty in being adopted. Many are just very shy, requiring an extra-patient adopter with a very quiet household. Others have minor, treatable health issues. A few may not always use the litter box consistently. Many of these have been with us for years. Would you consider sponsoring one of these ‘special’ cats to help cover their expenses? It is our hope that many will eventually be adopted, but in the meantime we would be very grateful for any help you can give us towards their care.

For a complete list and photos of cats available for sponsorship, click here. To become a sponsor, please download the Special Cat Sponsorship Form. You will receive a photo of the cat(s) you choose and your name and the picture(s) of the cat(s) will be on display in the Helping Paws entrance acknowledging your sponsorship.

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” ― Ernest Hemingway


amazon-smile-400Do you regularly shop online and on Amazon.com a lot? Amazon Smile is a program where Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to our shelter. Once you’ve created an account and signed in, select Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Welfare Assoc Inc as your charity that you want to support. Start shopping now by clicking here. You can also support Helping Paws by donating needed items from our Amazon Wish List. The same trusted Amazon site with your same shopping experience while helping to support and save lives!

Mr. Rebates

Do you like saving money and even getting money back? Sign up to be a member of Mr. Rebates and you can get cash back (up to 30%) from over 2000 stores and help the animals too! Click on this link http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=1120305, when you sign up and Helping Paws will receive a referral credit. You can share this link with others too.


iGive_LogoOver 1700 partner stores to choose from, iGive. http://www.iGive.com is a free service which enables members to earn money for their favorite cause or organization whenever they make an online purchase or search the web a donation will go to the charity of your choice. Select Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association as your cause when signing up.

GoodSearch & GoodShop

masthead-goodshopEarn money for the shelter when you use GoodSearch on the web as your browser or GoodShop to make online purchases. Go to http://www.goodsearch.com and select Helping Paws Animal Shelter – Woodstock, IL as your designated cause.

Kuranda Beds

KurandaBedButton1Helping Paws uses Kuranda Dog and Cat beds because they provide more comfort for the animals during their stay with us and they are also durable, chew proof and easy to clean. If you would like to help the animals by donating a bed to us, click on this link https://kuranda.com/donate/6483.

Recycling – Aluminum Cans & Printer Cartridges

recylebin_web-300x200You can help Helping Paws Animal Shelter earn cash to care for our homeless dogs and cats. Make the commitment to recycling, help the planet and make a difference for the animals. Gather up aluminum cans, bag them and drop them off at Helping Paws in the recycling bin near the entrance of our shelter at 2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock, IL 60098.

Helping Paws also collects empty ink jet and laser printer cartridges. These items can be dropped off at the shelter anytime during open hours.

Donate Your Car

donate-a-car-300x181Do you have a vehicle – car, boat, truck, etc., that you no longer need or want? Did you know that you can donate it and a percentage of the proceeds will help save and support move lives at Helping Paws Animal Shelter? To get started, just submit your information on the Helping Paws designated page http://helpingpaws-cardonations.net/ to start the process.

Scratch Boards for Cats

stretch-and-scratch-226x228All the cats at Helping Paws need exercise and a way to destress when needed. So we use special scratch boards that secure to cages so those cats can stretch and destress any time they need to. If you would like to help our cats by donating scratchers to keep them happy and active, click on this link http://www.stretchandscratch.com/.

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