About Us


The Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest is our exciting family, pet-friendly event where you can bring your dog(s) and enjoy a day of fun at Emricson Park in Woodstock! Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day with many vendors, food, walk around a nature path, games and prizes, pet blessing, raffles, and more! You’ll also get a chance to meet a few of our shelter dogs that are available for adoption.

June 11, 2017 10:00- 3:00

Emricson Park – Main Pavillion 900 W. South Street 
Woodstock, IL 60098United States

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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