About Us


Helping Paws Woodstock, IL is looking for artists of all abilities and skill levels to participate in our third annual Art for the Paws fundraiser and community outreach project!

The project involves creating small works of art on a 6”x6” canvas in any medium or subject matter.

To participate, individuals can obtain a canvas from any of the pick-up/drop off locations for a $5 donation beginning January 2, 2017. Completed canvases are due back by February 28. All submitted artwork will become the property of Helping Paws and be available for sale to the public in an on-line auction. A formal reception for artists and the public will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Mixin Minglein Mingle on the Woodstock Square.

Canvas Pickup and Drop Off Locations:

Helping Paws Animal Shelter, 2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock, IL 60098 - (815) 338-4400

Material Things Artisan Market, 103 East Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL - 60098 - (815) 575-9710

The Studio Art School, 3316 Pearl Street, McHenry, IL 60050 - (815) 385-3990

Fabric, Fiber & Finds, 37 North Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 - (814) 444-7244

For event information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle at (815) 338-4400 or Michelle@helpingpaws.net

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. 

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