Helping Paws Animal Shelter



Mission Statement

Helping Paws’ mission is to improve the quality of life for the homeless, needy animals of the community by providing the following services:

  • A safe, caring sanctuary until they can be adopted by loving, responsible families.
  • Spay/Neuter program: All of the shelter’s dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to their adoption.

  • Medical care, including initial vaccinations, deworming and blood testing.

  • Nominal adoption fees comparable or less than other shelters.

  • Lost and found program to help reunite dogs and cats with their owners by maintenance of a pet listing.

  • Senior-to-senior program, placing older animals (6 years or more) with qualified senior citizens at no cost to the adopter.

  • Educational programs to make children, teens and adults aware of responsible pet care. This program also encourages high school volunteers involved in direct animal care.

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.