Dear Panting for Paws Participants.

Your participation in the Panting for Paws annual race does more than keep our doors open, or put nourishing food into hungry bellies, or provide one more vaccine, clean blankets, or a toy to the abandoned animals at our shelter.
It helps to reignite the spark in the once dark and frightened eyes of each animal in our care, and gives each the courage to live fully, not just to survive.
It gives our staff and volunteers genuine hope that their efforts have not been in vain -- that the cats and dogs who have found refuge with us have a chance and will not be tossed back to the streets.
It promises a new life for these animals -- one in which they learn to trust and to love again.
We thank you for your generous heart and for demonstrating that a difference can be made ... one step at a time.

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The Race Results are in!

The Results have been posted. Click here to access your time.

Thank You to all runners, volunteers, and sponsors of the 9th Annual Panting for Paws 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Thank you for all your support in this great cause. We could not be successful without you.

  • helping paws story

    Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, established a foster program in 1969 which rehomed orphaned animals into permanent, loving homes. Helping Paws incorporated as the first no-kill animal welfare association in McHenry County in 1971. The foster program outgrew its first facility and in 1995, Helping Paws moved to a new facility in Ridgefield. This facility, however, only had room to house cats. So, in 1998, Helping Paws again moved to a larger facility in Crystal Lake. The shelter's success in saving abandoned animals in McHenry County quickly outgrew the Crystal Lake facility, and in 2006, Helping Paws moved to a much larger facility with room for many more animals.

  • event information

    Pick Up:
    Noon - 4pm, October 30th and 31st at
    Helping Paws Animal Shelter
    2500 Harding Lane
    Woodstock, IL 60098

    Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up:

    November 1st, 2015
    7:00-8:30am at Lippold Park
    Race Times:
    *DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ends at 2:00am the night before race day so REMEMBER to set your clocks back for race day Nov. 1st!*
    November 1st, 2015
    1 Mile Fun Run: 8:30am
    5K Run/Walk: 9:00am (following fun run)

    Participants 13 or younger must be accompanied by an adult

    Awards for overall top male & female, and top three for each age group. Overall winners will not win age group award. Awards will be presented at the pavilion after the race.

  • course information

    Directions to Lippold Park:
    From Chicago:

    Take I90 West to RT 47, exit North. Turn Right on RT176. Park will be on the right approx 3.5 miles.
    From the North:
    Take RT. 31 south to RT. 176. Turn right. Park is on the left, approx ¼ mile past RT 14.
    From the South:
    Take RT. 47, turn Right on RT176. Park will be on the right approx 3.5 miles.
    From the East:
    Take RT176 West. Park is on the left, approx ¼ mile past RT 14.
    From the West:
    Take RT. 176 east. Park is on the right, approx. ¼ mile before RT. 14.
    Both the 5k run/walk and the 1 Mile Fun Run will take place at Lippold Park on a scenic path of crushed limestone. The course is flat throughout. Both races will start and end near the baseball pavilion in the northeast section of the park.

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