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Welcome to the 19th annual Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest! 

This year at Paws in the Park, we celebrate a very special theme - 50 Years of Second Chances - as 2019 marks Helping Paws' 50th year as the first no-kill shelter in McHenry County. Those 50 years represent the thousands of lives saved and families made whole through the adoption of dogs and cats from Helping Paws. What an excellent reason to celebrate! 

This year's Paws in the Park will feature games and contests for dogs and their humans; a myriad of vendors; excellent food; an artist creating FREE caricatures; a police K-9 unit demonstration; many valuable raffle baskets and more! Those able to do the leisurely, one mile trek around Emricson Park will have the opportunity to create camaraderie and make friends on the pack walk. And, as always, Helping Paws will be showcasing available dogs in a dog parade through the pet fest.

Helping Paws alumni that stop by the "Pawspitality Booth" and sign the guest book have an opportunity to connect with litter mates, canine moms and/or human foster parents. And, we'll have one of the photographers capture the moment! In fact, we'll document this great event with both an alumni group picture, and a picture of all attendees available. 

Thank you for joining the celebration!

Entry Fees

$35   Registration

$10   Additional dogs 

$15   Extra event t-shirts

$40   Event Day Registration

NOTE: Only participants who register by May 30 are guaranteed a t-shirt. Those registering after will receive a t-shirt while supplies last.


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 17 - Jun 7

PIP 2019 Volunteer Closed

This is for Paws in the Park Volunteers ONLY!

  1. Apr 17 - Jun 7

2019 Paws in the Park Sponsors

We love our sponsors!

Second Chance Sponsors





Shelter Champion Sponsors







Tail Wagger Sponsors

 Ridgeview Family Dental

State Farm Joe Taylor Insurance Agency



Event Schedule

  • June 9 10:00 AM CDT - Check In & Event Day Registration

  • June 9 10:30 AM CDT - 1 Mile Walk

  • June 9 11:00 AM CDT - Games & Contests, Ongoing

  • June 9 12:00 PM CDT - Group Photo

  • June 9 12:15 PM CDT - HP Alumni Photo

  • June 9 12:30 PM CDT - Pet Blessing

  • June 9 12:45 PM CDT - Demonstration

  • June 9 1:30 PM CDT - Raffle Drawing

Contact Information

Event Location

900 West South Street, Woodstock, IL, United States

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