Helping Pawz is a costumed character performing group that volunteers for a variety of not-for-profit groups and charities mostly around Vancouver, Canada. The group membership is mostly from Western Canada but includes members from the Pacific Northwest USA as well. The group is not a furry organization, though many of its members are also members of furry fandom.
The Helping Pawz Association is a registered not-for-profit Association in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The expenses for operations of the Association have been paid by the founders and members exclusively since 2007.
Helping Pawz was the sponsoring organization for Howloween 2003 thru Howloween 2006 which were initially created by the founders of Helping Pawz as a fundraiser for the group's operating and travel expenses. Howloween was turned over to local furries after 2006.
"Our mission is to enrich the experiences of those in our community through performance entertainment."
Founded in 2001, the Vancouver chapter has served over 20 different community groups since its inception  The Vancouver group has a few dedicated spotters. In 2016 May they had 13 characters listed on their website that are played by the performers at events.
- Helping Pawz website: Our Characters webpage. Retrieved 2010 April 27.