About Us


We're having  a cat special for the month of September! All cats who have been here for over a year are $30! If you've been looking to add a member to your family, this may be the perfect time.

Adopting A Friend


Potential adopters must fill out a Pre-adopt form for cats and dogs. This is not a contract and does not require any form of payment. It is to tell us about you so that we can find the best home for our animals. For dogs only, there is a minimum 24 hour waiting period before the adoption can be approved.

Who We Are

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

Come Visit Us

Helping Paws is open 7 days a week for your convenience.  We are open daily from noon until 4:00.  We are open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Contact Helping Paws Animal Shelter


Available Animals

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