We are always looking for members. You can help:

  • run booths at community events
  • help with fundraising
  • help unowned pets...


Make your donation now!


Donations are tax deductable. Contact us if you would like a receipt for your taxes.


Our mission is to work with the public and government to facilitate the legal and humane protection of domestic companion animals in Douglas County. This includes providing protective shelter care for animals in need, as well as promoting responsible pet ownership through outreach, education, and training; and protecting people from animals and animals from people.


It is with heavy hearts that we are making the announcement of the dissolution of Hands-4-Paws. This decision was not arrived at lightly. We, like so many other businesses and non-profits, have been affected by COVID-19. We have been unable to fill our board positions. Currently, we don’t have enough board members to be a legal non-profit entity. We have also lost many volunteers over the years and are no longer able to participate in area events.

Funds that have been donated to Hands-4-Paws will be donated to area non-profits, including the Tuscola Dog Park, a project done in memory of one of our founders.

Thank you for your support over the years.

If you need to get in touch with us, email hands4pawsinc@yahoo.com



Tuscola Dog Park Committee

The City of Tuscola has a new dog park in Ervin Park and would like some help from the community. They are looking for some people interested in forming a dog park committee and helping give input on the final construction and running of the park. Are you interested in helping? If so, please let us know. Email hands4pawsinc@yahoo.com



Next Board Meeting

Members are welcome to attend our next board meeting. Meetings are currently being held virtually. Please email hands4pawsinc@yahoo.com if you are interested in attending a meeting. Members can attend the meeting at 5:45 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. If you would like to attend, but are not a member, please email us so we know you will be attending.


Next Animal Control Board Meeting

The public is welcome to attend Animal Control meetings will that are held on the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting starts at 1:30 pm. The meetings are held at the Douglas County Court House, on the first floor in the back right corner room. If you have any questions, please email us at hands4pawsinc@yahoo.com.


News & Events

Past Events

  • Pet Safety and First Aid Class
  • Odd Market in Tuscola
  • Barktoberfest in Tuscola
  • Market on Main in Tuscola
  • Poochapalooza in Tuscola
  • K9 Karnival in Tuscola
  • Loyalty Day in Villa Grove
  • Easter Bunny Pictures and Egg Hunts in Tuscola
  • Santa Paws in Tuscola
  • Woolly Worm Festival in Camargo
  • Broomcorn Festival in Arcola
  • Fall Craft Show in Tuscola
  • Fourth of July Puppy Parade in Tuscola
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival in Arcola
  • Market on the Square in Urbana
  • Petstravaganza at the University of Illinois

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