Helping Paws is a no-kill shelter
serving McHenry County. We do take relinquished animals as space allows.
You may have special circumstances that require you to give up your pet.
Please make sure that you have committed the time and energy to work
with your pet before you give up your pet. Many issues can be resolved
with the right information and we would be happy to guide you to
resources that might help you to work through any issues with your pet.
Make sure you have considered all of your alternatives to relinquishing
Please remember that area shelters are overflowing with incoming animals
on a daily basis and can be a stressful environment for pets that are
used to a home environment.
If you must relinquish your pet, please print and complete the form
below and bring it to the shelter (without the animal
to be relinquished).
HELPING PAWS ANIMAL SHELTER
Please fill out the relinquishment questionnaire completely and return it
to the shelter in person, by mail or fax (815-338-4406)
We operate on a wait list and it will depend on what our rate of
adoptions is currently.
first priority is for animals in McHenry County.
After reading your questionnaire, we will contact you if we want to
schedule an appointment for a behavior assessment and heartworm test (if you
have a dog).
Filling out the questionnaire does not mean we will be able to take your
There are fees to relinquish your animal:
$50 for mother and her kittens and/or puppies (mother must be FELV/FIV
negative if feline and heartworm negative if canine).
$50 for a litter of kittens or puppies.
$50 if spayed/neutered, current rabies and distemper, current FELV/FIV
negative test if feline.
+$75 if already spayed/neutered but needs current vaccinations.
$100 if not spayed/neutered and not current on vaccinations.
We do expect that you will be able to supply current vet records before
we would be able to accept your animal.
We do not accept ‘walk ins’, so please do not bring your animal to the
shelter without an appointment.
The legal guardian of the animal must fill out the questionnaire.
We wish we could take every animal, but we are limited by the amount of
space and staff we have to adequately take care of them.
*The relinquishment fee
may be waived for individuals on public assistance or extenuating circumstances
as determined by the shelter.