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Welcome to the 18th annual Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest! 

Join Helping Paws in celebrating the special bond between pets and their people at this community fest at Emricson Park in Woodstock. Our theme this year is "peace love paws", so get your groove on and join us for a fun day while helping us meet our goal of raising more than $25,000 to benefit all the cats and dogs at Helping Paws!

Bring the whole family - including your dog(s) -  and walk to save lives! Sign up as an individual or with friends & family as a team to help raise vital funds to care for the animals in need. After the walk, the fun continues at the Pet Fest with doggie contests & games, demonstration, pet blessing, raffles, vendors, food and more! 

Helping Paws will also have some furry friends that are available for adoption and we welcome all HP Alumni to stop by our "hospawtality booth" to sign our guest book, get a picture taken and pick up a special HP Alumni gift. 

Entry Fees

$35   Registration

$10   Additional dogs 

$15   Extra event t-shirts

$40   Event Day Registration

NOTE: Only participants who register by May 31 are guaranteed a t-shirt. Those registering after will receive a t-shirt while supplies last.


We hope that registration will be just a starting point. After you register for Paws in the Park, create a personal fundraising page to help even more animals in need! The more money you raise, the more animals we will be able to help! Just a little bit of money from a handful of people can really add up and help us give homeless animals a second chance.

This is your opportunity to show some extra peace and love for paws (aka homeless pets) and change their lives for the better! Our fundraising goal for this year is $25,000 but we know we can get there with your support! Ask your friends, family, neighbors and/or coworkers to donate even just $5 or $10 each and very quickly you become a powerful advocate and fundraiser for the animals! Anyone in your life who loves animals will appreciate this opportunity to help! 

The vital funds raised will help the animals at Helping Paws throughout the coming year. If you're not able to attend the event, you can still support the animals by making a general donation or download pledge forms (old school on paper) off of our website


Helping Paws Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter and 501 (c)(3) organization.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Federal I.D. #23-7177946. Tax Exempt #E9983-2267-05

Registration fees

Paws in the Park Closed

Fee includes access to the event and all the fun, a Paws in the Park event t-shirt, goody bag and dog bandana.

  1. $35.00
    Apr 18 - Jun 9

PIP 2018 Volunteer Closed

This is for Paws in the Park Volunteers ONLY!

  1. $10.00
    Apr 18 - Jun 9

2018 Paws in the Park Sponsors

We love our sponsors!

Second Chance Sponsors




Big Dog Sponsors




Tail Wagger Sponsors


Animal Doctor


Bentley's PETstuff

Pet Legz

Ridgeview Family Dental

Thomas' Tails


Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Anonymous $100.00
2 Patricia Smith $100.00
3 Steve and Sherry Sliga $100.00
4 Anonymous $50.00
5 Thomas Sullivan $50.00

Top Fundraisers


Maureen Sullivan





Michelle Nowland





Christie a... Zapata





Thomas Sullivan

Raised: $50.00


Erika Phillips

Raised: $25.00

Event Schedule

  • June 10 10:00 AM CDT - Check In & Event Day Registration

  • June 10 11:00 AM CDT - 1 Mile Walk

  • June 10 11:30 AM CDT - Games & Contests

  • June 10 12:45 PM CDT - Demonstration

  • June 10 1:30 PM CDT - Pet Blessing

  • June 10 2:00 PM CDT - Games & Contests

  • June 10 2:15 PM CDT - Raffle Drawing

Contact Information

Event Location

Emricson Park, Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, IL, United States

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