Our Programs

Helping Paws Pet Rescue has several important programs. These programs are creative endeavors that promote the welfare of our rescue animals and benefit the human community too!

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Quality Adoptions

Helping Homes Program

We provide pets and people with high quality adoptions. This includes:

  • Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome
  • Pets for Vets
  • Second Chance Ranch
  • The Many Hats of our Foster Cats 

Spay & Neuter

Critters Without Litters Program

Helping PAWS Pet Rescue provides the communities of northern Wisconsin with high quality and affordable ways to spay or neuter their pets.

Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of homeless and unwanted animals. It also provides behavioral, medical, and environmental benefits.

Quality Adoptions

Helping Homes Program

We provide pets and people with high quality adoptions.

Click each bar below to learn about the different parts of this program.

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Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome

At-risk companion animals are admitted, provided all needed medical, surgical, and preventive care, and kept safely until they are adopted. Since its inception, our Helping Homes program has rescued and placed well over one thousand homeless companion animals.

Pets For Vets

The HPPR Pets for Vets Program recognizes and honors the service of men and women in the US Armed Forces. Helping past and present service people with pet ownership is accomplished in two different ways:

  • Pets For Vets Adoption subsidies
  • Pets For Vets discounted spay/neuter services

Pets for Vets Adoption Subsidies

  • HPPR will provide donation-free or donation-discounted adoptions for any family which includes one or more past or present service veteran. Standard adoption application process applies.
  • Normal adoption donations apply, less $75 per cat or kitten or $100 per dog or puppy subsidy.

Pets for Vets Discounted Spay/Neuter Services

  • As part of HPPR’s Critters Without Litters program, past or present service people qualify for discounted spays and neuters for cats and dogs. Country Care Pet Hospital (CCPH) provides a discounted rate, while Helping PAWS Pet Rescue and the pet owner each contribute to cover the remaining amount.

General Information

  • Participants provide following forms of military identification: DD-214 or Veteran’s ID.
  • All other terms and conditions in the adoption policies set forth by HPPR apply to the Pets for Vets Program.
  • For more information, please call our office at 715-373-2222 or email info@helpingpaswi.org
  • Donations to help sustain this program are always welcome.
Second Chance Ranch

Helping PAWS Pet Rescue also promotes Second Chance Ranch Equine Rescue. To learn more, please visit http://scrrescue.org/.

The Many Hats of Our Foster Cats

This innovative foster program allows our available pets a chance to give back to our community while enjoying a more enriched environment in several creative homes:

  • Blue Collar Cats live at local businesses and greet shoppers.
  • Mouse Master Cats or Mouse-cat-eers live with families that have safe enclosed outbuildings where they can demonstrate their mouse hunting skills.
  • Study Buddies live with local college students who give them local and attention.
  • Career Coach Cats live in local classrooms, helping students learn animal care and handling techniques, and are often adopted by a student’s family.
  • Purr-amedics live temporarily in our area’s people-care facilities where they serve as therapy animals.
  • Litterbug Cats live with local families while they raise their kittens. The kittens are often fostered for a longer period of time with these families to help socialize them.
  • TemPurrary Cats are temporarily fostered when their owner is unable to care for them due to challenging circumstances.
  • EMT Ruff-ugees live with local families while they recover from medical needs or recent surgery. Foster families help make these animals well while they await adoption.
Spay & Neuter

Critters Without Litters Program

In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Sadly, barely half of these animals are adopted.

Click each bar below to learn about how Helping PAWS Pet Rescue provides the communities of northern Wisconsin with high quality and affordable ways to spay or neuter their pets.

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Helping Companions

In recognition of the many benefits of pet ownership, Helping PAWS has made low cost spays and neuters available to the general public. Country Care Pet Hospital provides a discounted rate, while Helping PAWS Pet Rescue and the pet owner cooperate to cover the remaining amount.

A Little Help From Our Friends

In this uniquely cooperative program, spay/neuter costs are shared by a fourth party (whether an individual donor or another organization) which joins Country Care Pet Hospital, Helping PAWS, and the pet owner.

Helping Pets for Vets

This program is promoted specifically to service veterans. Country Care Pet Hospital provides a discounted rate, while Helping PAWS Pet Rescue and the pet owner contribute to cover the remaining amount.

Helping Our Colleagues

Other shelters in the surrounding area are offered the opportunity to benefit from high quality, low cost spays and neuters. Country Care Pet Hospital provides a discounted rate while Helping PAWS Pet Rescue and the participating shelter share the remaining amount.

When local shelters have animals in estrus or too old, too obese, or too large to be acceptable candidates for these procedures at specialty clinics, they are sent to HPPR.

Helping Our Own

Helping PAWS Pet Rescue ensures that cats and dogs within our own rescue are spayed or neutered before they are adopted. Funding comes from Country Care Pet Hospital and Helping PAWS Pet Rescue.

CAT: Helping Communities

CAT, our Cat Action Team, was designed specifically to spay/neuter local colonies of feral cats, or “community cats.” This work helps preserve the lives and health of wildlife, improves community cats’ welfare, and solves community problems caused by unowned cat populations.

The program is funded by Country Care Pet Hospital, Helping PAWS Pet Rescue, and third party donors.

Helping PAWS is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are primarily a volunteer-run organization. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please contact us.

939 W. Bayfield Street

Washburn, WI 54891

715-373-2222

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Sat:  9 am – 12 noon

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