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We are so excited and want to give a big shout out to everyone who voted for us!

 We have been named "Best Animal Shelter/Rescue Group" for the 3rd year in a row in the best of the Fox Daily Reader's Poll. You also voted Panting for Paws our 5K run, "Favorite 5K." We feel truly honored.

Thank you for supporting us and our mission. Thank you to all our adopters, donors, sponsors and volunteers. We could not do it without you.




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A big 'paws up' to everybody who voted for Helping Paws.

We appreciate your support for us and the animals of McHenry County. 

Who's your dog's MAMA?

Well in few weeks, you could know! Buy one of our Mars mixed breed dog kits, use the simple cheek swab and you will find your dog's breed ancestry. Although it says Mixed Breed kit, It can also verify that your dog is a purebred.  These kits normally retail for $80 or more at Petco and Petsmart, we can offer them to you for $65 and there is no waiting on shipping. Come on in to the Shelter and pick one up today.


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Helping Paws is funded solely through donations.  Please help us save the stray dogs and cats that come to us for help. A gift of any amount will help in the lives of these wonderful animals.

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Helping Paws Animal Shelter

Open Every Day 12 pm (noon) - 4 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays open until 7 pm

2500 Harding Lane
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: (815)338-4400

Map to our shelter

Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, was founded in 1971. Helping Paws is a no-kill animal shelter for stray and abandoned dogs and cats in McHenry County and surrounding areas. The animals are provided a sanctuary where they receive medical care, spaying or neutering, daily care and love, and the opportunity to be adopted by a responsible owner.